Auditing a Course

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement

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Policy Purpose and Description  

CLAS students may choose to take courses without earning credit for them. This is called “auditing” and requires the approval of the course instructor and the appropriate academic advisor. Audited courses do not meet College requirements and carry no credit toward graduation, but students are still charged for auditing.  

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Instructor permission is required for a student to audit a course; in some cases, an audit for a course is not appropriate and the instructor may decide not to allow an auditor to join the course even if there is space in the class. 

Auditors generally are required to attend class and to complete all assignments, projects, and exams as the syllabus indicates for enrolled students in the course. The only difference is the grade for an audit, which is recorded asAudit Successful/Audit Unsuccessful (AUS/AUU). Instructors should carefully review these course expectations with the auditor.   

In some cases, an instructor may decide that reducing some assignments or exams, for example, is appropriate for a particular auditor. These details should be discussed, and the instructor and auditor should put this agreement in writing to ensure that disagreements do not occur about whether or not the auditor has earned a successful completion of the audit. 

Instructors should also keep in mind that a student's particular registration status for a course, such as taking the course as an auditor, is considered private information and should not be shared. 




To add a course as an auditor on or after the first day of the semester, the student must fill out aChange of Registration Formand choose Add a Class and Change Hours, enter 0 s.h. for the course, then obtain signatures from both the student's advisor and the course instructor. The form must be submitted to the UI Service Center in 2700 UCC by 4:30 p.m. on the "last day for undergraduates to add or change to P-N or audit status" as listed on the Registrar’sAcademic Calendarfor semester-length courses, or the "last day to add without dean's approval" listed on theCourse Deadlinespage for an individual course. A student may change the registration for a course from “credit” to “audit” (or vice versa), but only during the period when adding courses is allowed. To register as an auditor during the scheduled early registration period, the student must obtain special permission from the course instructor. 


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