Auditing A Course

Due to COVID-19 and the College's need to reduce density and practice social distancing, SUNY Oneonta will be suspending course auditors for the spring 2021 semester. We will revisit our ability to allow course auditors for fall 2021 at the end of the spring semester.

Auditing a course allows a person to regularly attend and participate in a course at the SUNY Oneonta without formally registering for credit in a course. Auditing may be appropriate when a person is interested in the subject matter but does not have time for the commitment required for graded participation. It is the only way that persons not receiving credit are allowed to regularly attend and participate in a class. The course instructor is under no obligation to allow an auditor into a course. The course instructor may require that an auditor has taken prerequisite courses. Auditing is a privilege and no one can claim a right to audit any specific course at a specific time.

Auditing is allowed only when there is space in the class that is not needed by students formally registered for the course. If space is limited, any formally registered student, either full- or part-time, who wishes to enter the class prior to the late add deadline must be given preference. The course instructor may cancel the auditing arrangement if the course enrollment capacity is exceeded.

Other than simply attending the class, the extent of auditor participation (taking exams, receiving instructor feedback on papers, etc.) in a course is entirely up to the discretion of the course instructor.

Audit privileges are not ordinarily available in studio, online, laboratory or performance courses, or courses where class participation of students is of major importance, nor are they available in credit-free courses offered by the institution or in any foreign study program or course.

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