Auditing a Course

About Auditing

In many courses, you may have the opportunity to audit a SUNY Cortland class, provided that space is available and instructor permission is granted. Auditing a course means you enroll in the class and attend it, but you forego receiving a grade or earning credit. You will not be formally recognized for your participation in the class. 

As an auditor, you may be exempt from completing assignments and exams, but you may be required to participate fully in the class and associated activities. You should seek to clarify the instructor's expectations when seeking permission to audit.

Auditing permission may be granted to current SUNY Cortland students, students attending other institutions, and community members.

College Policies

Auditing of courses is subject to the following conditions (Handbook, 410.09):

  1. Auditors shall be accepted into classes only with the consent of the instructor of record and will be denied admission to classes that have reached the maximum number of students.

  2. Course auditors normally will not be charged any tuition, but will pay all laboratory and course-related fees and any other charges connected with a course.

  3. Course auditors will not be enrolled or listed on an official class roster. They will attend without credit or formal recognition. They do not need to meet the requirements of the course.

  4. Course auditors may not subsequently request credit for the course even if they complete the course requirements.

Important Procedure Information

  1. Current students may not audit a class for which they are currently enrolled/registered. Students wishing to switch to an audit status for an enrolled course, must drop the enrolled course before the end of the drop and add period, and receive audit approval.

  2. Course audits may be permitted for campus-based courses only. Audits are not allowed in off-campus courses: internships, student teaching, practica, fieldwork, independent study, thesis, study abroad or similar type courses).

  3. If a course exceeds the maximum number of enrolled students, auditors may be removed from the course as per College policy.

  4. Previously dismissed/suspended students must have associate dean approval to audit, and must meet conditions for re-admission to the College.

Persons 60 Years of Age or Older

Effective Sept. 1, 1974, Chapter 1002 of the Session Laws of New York 1974 amends sections 355 and 6303 of the Education Law to permit persons 60 years of age and older to enroll in courses at colleges in State University of New York without tuition, examination, grading, or credit. The permission to enroll is on a space available basis as determined by the president of the College involved and provided that such audit attendance will not interfere with the attendance of otherwise qualified students.

Auditing Request Process

  1. To audit a course, you will need to complete the Permission to Audit form, which must be approved by the course instructor.

  2. Students must also complete the medical and immunization forms required by NYS Health Law and the Student Code of Conduct required by SUNY policy.

  3. Provide the Permission to Audit form and the Student Code of Conduct form to the Registrar's Office by the end of the first week of classes. Provide medical and immunization forms to Student Health Services.

  4. Your information will be forwarded to Information Resources where you will be added to any online components, including associated Blackboard classrooms. Please be aware, that this process may take up to 1-2 days to complete given the permission required, and the need to grant access to systems and materials.

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