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Orientation and Transition Policy


The purpose of this policy is to define the scope and purpose of Orientation and Transition processes and activities at Monash University.


All campuses (including offshore)
All Monash staff
All Monash students

Policy Statement

Monash University acknowledges that students undertake learning transitions over time which may involve large-scale academic, social, and environmental change. Monash aims to facilitate a positive and successful transition for all commencing students to their discipline(s) of study, campus, and learning environments through orientation processes which provide academic, social, administrative and geographic familiarisation with Monash and embrace the diversity of their previous experiences.

Monash focuses on providing the best possible experience for new students in an environment where they are supported to take responsibility for their own learning.

The University will deliver a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated approach to student orientation and transition that:

  • involves a whole of University approach: academically led, faculty owned, centrally coordinated and supported;
  • is mediated through curriculum and co-curriculum activities;
  • is facilitated by a quality learning environment and good teaching and support;
  • fosters easy access to services and programs that aid academic and social orientation, integration, and support;
  • is appropriate to Monash's core values, as expressed in the Monash Passport; and
  • is actively and systematically governed, evaluated and updated.

Supporting procedures

Supporting guidelines

Orientation and Transition Guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Faculty, Divisional and Campus Orientation Coordinators



Key Stakeholders

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Quality)
Associate Deans (Education)
Academic and Professional Heads of Schools/Departments
Student Associations

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 5/2010
Date: 20-October-2010
Agenda item: 16.8

Endorsement body

Name: Education Committee
Meeting: 5/2010
Date: 29-September-2010
Agenda item: 7.1.2


Orientation Week (‘O Week’): Is the week immediately preceding Week 1 of the standard teaching semester and is recognised as the official commencement to the academic year for commencing students.

Transition: A university-, faculty- and campus-led process for students that starts from letter of offer that incorporates activities and the distribution of information designed to foster academic and social integration, and academic engagement and attainment.

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

Academic Calendar and Semesters Policy
Unit Guide Policy

Related documents

Orientation and Transition Guidelines (forthcoming)

Date Effective


Review Date



Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)


Manager, Student Experience Programs

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