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Monash University Policy Bank

Cancellation of Units Policy


To ensure a consistent approach to the cancellation of units across the University and the fair treatment of students affected by unit cancellation.


All coursework units

Policy Statement

Where the faculty finds it cannot teach an advertised unit because of a low level of enrolments, or unforeseeable circumstances such as the death, serious illness or unavailability of a staff member or members needed to teach it, it will cancel the unit or units concerned.

Coursework units may be offered from different campuses and in different modes of delivery.  The University reserves the right to cancel a unit at one or more locations and in one or more modes of delivery.

The University will at all times try to avoid the cancellation of advertised units, and will endeavour to give students the maximum notice of any cancellations that occur.

In the case of the cancellation of the last unit needed for a student to complete a program, appropriate arrangements will be made by faculty on a case by case basis.

Monash University publications available to students must contain clear advice regarding the circumstances in which a faculty may act to cancel a unit and the methods by which the faculty will notify students affected by its cancellation.

Supporting procedures

Cancellation of Units Procedures

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Deans, Associate Deans (Teaching)
Faculty Managers/Registrars



Key Stakeholders

Manager Enrolments
Faculty Managers

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 2/2007
Date: 04-April-2007
Agenda item: 8.1

Endorsement body

Name: Education Committee
Meeting: 1/2007
Date: 07-March-2007
Agenda item: 7.1


Course core unit: Compulsory units that must be completed successfully to satisfy course completion requirements.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University Act 2009

Related policies

Course Design Policy

Coursework Courses and Units Accreditation Policy and Procedures

Coursework Units Review Procedures

Related documents

Monash University Handbooks
Higher Education Support Act Administrative Information for Providers, Section 43.13: ‘Cancellation of units of study after the census date’.

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