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Auditing a Course

About Auditing

You may have the opportunity to audit a SUNY Cortland class if space is available and you have instructor permission. Auditing a course means you are given permission to participate 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, and will not be considered an official student of the College in official enrollment reporting.

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 policies:

  1. Auditors shall be accepted into classes only with the consent of the instructor of record.

  2. Auditors cannot be granted admission to classes that have reached or exceeded the maximum number of allowed students at the end of drop/add week.  No auditing forms may be submitted after the first week of classes without Associate Dean permission.  

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

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

  5. Course auditors will be expected to have or to supply required items, materials or devices in the same manner as other students in the course. (e.g. Photography classes requiring a student to own a 35mm camera).

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

Important Procedure Information

  1. Current SUNY Cortland students must request the permission of the Associate Dean to enter a class as an auditor.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

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

  5. 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 Petition to Audit form, which must be approved by the course instructor.

  2. Students must  complete the medical and immunization forms required by NYS Health Law and the Student Code of Conduct required by SUNY policy. Provide medical and immunization forms to Student Health Services before the end of the first week of class.

  3. Provide the Petition to Audit form to the Registrar's Office no later than the first week of the class.  While you may provide auditing forms in advance of the class, your forms cannot be processed until the first week of class, to be assured space exists for tuition-paying students. If you have not attended Cortland before, and are not a current faculty or staff member, you will be required to complete the Student Conduct form.

  4. Your information will be forwarded to Information Resources to add you to the course BlackBoard space solely for the purposes of participating in the course. Auditors are also eligible to apply for a weekly guest account that will enable access to services in myRedDragon and will allow for the use of college computer labs. Course auditors are not eligible for a college email account.

  5. If your instructor requires you to have web access to Blackboard, you must contact the Help Center at 607-753-2500 or to learn how to access Blackboard.