Definitions for "Academic period"
The period of time needed to complete one academic level (For first-year students 9.5 months, for second-year students 9 months, for third-year students 12 months, and for fourth-year students 11 months).
A measured period of enrollment (for example, a semester, quarter, clock hours, year, etc.)
An academic period refers to the period of time during which students are registered, and which at the end of that period are assessed based on their academic performance. Academic periods are determined by the academic rules established by the division. For the majority of divisions, an academic period is comprised of the fall and winter sessions combined, and the summer session. For a few divisions, each session makes up an academic period.