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Auditing a Course

Type: Enrollment
Effective Date: 6/1/2012

Auditing a course means that the student regularly attends scheduled class sessions, but earns no credit and no grade. Auditing students participate in class and sometimes complete assignments and take examinations, but do not receive an A,B, C, D, or F grade from the instructor. Auditing offers students the option of exploring a course(s) without affecting their grade point average (GPA).

Auditing Students:

  • are responsible for attending class regularly and participating in a satisfactory manner.
  • are not required to complete written assignments or exams.
  • are responsible for consulting with the instructor to determine acceptable satisfactory performance.
  • receive a grade of "AU" (audit) for satisfactory attendance and classroom participation. However, the “AU” grade does not count in calculating the student’s GPA, toward graduation, or in meeting professional requirements. If, in the instructor’s judgment, the student has not conscientiously participated, the course will be expunged from the student’s record.

Changing Enrollment from “Audit” to “Credit-Bearing.” Prior to the published deadline for adding courses, students may change their enrollment in a course from audit to credit-bearing or from credit-bearing to audit—but only with the instructor’s signature and stamp.

The grading option may be changed after the close of Drop/Add if the student fills out a "Petition to Change from Credit to Audit after the Deadline" form or a "Petition to Change from Audit to Credit after the Deadline" form found on the Registrar’s Website under Forms and Policies.

After a student completes a course as an audit, the "AU" on their permanent record may not be changed to a credit-earning grade; however, students may retake a previously audited course for credit.

Fees may apply. See Registrar's Office (Fee appears on the form) for current fees.

To audit a course, the student must submit the approved override form, found on the Registrar's Website. This form must include the instructor’s signature and departmental stamp. The student must indicate that the course is to be audited at the time that they enroll in the course. Students must also pay all applicable tuition and fees.

Financial Implications:

  • Audits are not used in credit-unit totals for determining financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who live in university-operated housing should contact the Office of Residence Life to see if audited units will count in their term total for determining full-time status and housing eligibility.
  • Students using Veteran education benefits should see Veterans Services.
Petition eligible: Yes

Students may file a "Petition to Change from Audit to Credit after the Deadline" form or a "Petition to Change from Credit to Audit after the Deadline" form, found on the Registrar's Website. Forms require authorizing signatures and students will be charged a fee.

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