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Monash University Policy Bank

Cancellation of Unit Offering Policy


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


All coursework units

Policy Statement

1. Where the faculty finds it cannot teach a published unit because of a low level of enrolments, or unforeseeable circumstances such as the death, serious illness or unavailability of a staff member needed to teach the unit, the unit offering will be cancelled.

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

3. The University endeavours to avoid the cancellation of published units, and aims to give students the maximum notice of any cancellations that occur to ensure that the potential impact on students is minimised. Students are notified of the cancellation of unit offerings via their university student email.

4. Units required for completion of a course, major or specialisation must be scheduled in a manner that enables students to complete the units in an appropriate order within the standard duration. Before cancelling a unit offering, the Dean (or delegate) must consider how student progression will be affected by the cancellation, and consult with the students' degree awarding faculties.

5. Where a unit is an elective that is required in order for students to obtain professional accreditation, an alternative elective must be offered that will not disadvantage students in obtaining professional accreditation.

6. 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

Vice-Provost (Education Programs)
Deputy Deans (Education)/Associate Deans (Education)
Faculty Managers



Key Stakeholders

Vice-Provost (Education Programs)
Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)
Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching)
Director, Student and Education Business Services
Faculty Managers
Deputy Deans Education / Associate Deans Education

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 2/2016
Date: 20-April-2016
Agenda item: 12.2

Endorsement body

Name: Coursework Admissions and Programs
Meeting: 2/2016
Date: 30-March-2016
Agenda item: 9.2


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.

Related policies

Course Design Policy

Coursework Courses and Units Accreditation Policy and Procedures

Related documents

Monash University Handbooks
Higher Education Support Act Administrative Information for Providers, Section 30.13: ‘Cancellation of units of study after the census date’.

Date Effective


Review Date



Office of the Vice-Provost Academic Performance


Policy, Office of the Vice-Provost Academic Performance

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