Policy on Course Auditing

Policy Number: AES-2500-001

Policy Title: Policy on Course Auditing

Vice Chancellor/Associate Chancellor: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Unit Responsible for Policy: Office of the Registrar

Effective Date: January 1, 2019

Contacts: Robert Dixon, University Registrar

Policy Statement:

Enrolled students, faculty, or staff wishing to attend meetings of a course without earning academic credit may register as auditors at no additional cost.

Persons not affiliated with UIC as enrolled students, faculty, or staff must apply to the university as a nondegree student and pay the applicable tuition and fees in order to audit a course.

Because the courses offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago are intended for students registering for academic credit, attending class as an auditor is privilege granted only when certain requirements and conditions are met.

Courses taken for audit do not apply toward any academic degree and do not count as part of a student’s full-time or part-time course load for purposes of financial aid, loan deferments, athletic eligibility, or fulfillment of the enrollment residence requirement.

Requirements and Conditions:

  • Attending class as an auditor is permitted on a space-available basis on or after the first day of instruction.
  • Audit registration requires the approval of the course instructor and college, and must be completed no later than the last day of late registration.
  • Registration for an audited course will appear on the transcript with a grade of AU.
  • Students who audit a course do not have the privilege of participating in the course activities in any way.
  • The instructor or college may refuse to permit an audit registration in a course.
  • Not all courses may be audited. Each college/department may designate courses that do not accept auditors.
  • Individual college policies may, in some cases, prohibit a student from enrolling for credit after a course has already been taken on an audit basis.
  • A student does not receive academic credit for an audited course and is not eligible to take a proficiency examination based on the content of the audited course.
  • A person who is auditing and wishes to take the course for credit must change the registration by the end of the late registration period.
  • Degree-seeking students considering the audit option should discuss it with their academic advisors to determine if it is the best choice, or if another grading option, such as credit/no credit, may be more appropriate.

Reason for Policy: Nondegree registration of non UIC affiliated persons allows for proper tuition assessment for instruction, as well as access to student services enabled with a Netid, such as the Blackboard learning management system.

Minority Impact Statement: None

Who Should Read the Policy: Students, Staff, Faculty, and non UIC affiliated persons seeking to audit a class

Definitions: Audit: to attend a class with the permission of the instructor to learn for personal interest for no credit.

Procedures: See https://registrar.uic.edu/registration/audit.html for audit procedures and schedule of applicable tuition and fees.

Forms: Non UIC affiliated persons must complete the nondegree application for admission.

Document History:

Approved by: Committee on Policy
Approved date: 5/21/18
Approved as: Revised policy superseding the policy for Special Enrollment Categories—Visitors/Auditors