Spring 2020 Audit Policy: COVID

Eligibility 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing students that were enrolled in in the Spring 2020 term are eligible to enroll in up to 6 credit hours for audit enrollment during their SAIC career and/or in the two years following their graduation. 

Enrollment in undergraduate- or graduate-level courses on a non-credit (Audit) basis by enrolled, degree-seeking students is permitted under the following circumstances:

  1. The student is in Good Academic Standing
  2. Undergraduate students must have at least 30 credits completed
  3. The instructor of the course is in agreement with the individual student about the scope of their participation in the course while enrolled as an auditor AND;
  4. There is an open seat available in the course at the conclusion of the Add/Drop period for the semester

Enrollment in undergraduate- or graduate-level courses on a non-credit (Audit) basis by graduated students is permitted under the following circumstances:

  1. Degree must be conferred
  2. The instructor of the course is in agreement with the individual student about the scope of their participation in the course while enrolled as an auditor AND;
  3. There is an open seat available in the course at the conclusion of the Add/Drop period for the semester

Both graduate and undergraduate students can be enrolled to audit a class* at either the graduate or undergraduate level, provided the class meets the above conditions for auditing.

*Graduated international students wishing to audit a course must be in the process of completing Optional Practical Training (OPT) in order to be eligible to audit.

Seeking Instructor Approval

During the semester’s Add/Drop period, the student should attend the course they are interested in auditing and ask the instructor about an audit arrangement. The student should notify the instructor of   which aspects of the course they wish to participate in as an auditor.  

Complete the Degree-Seeking Student Course Audit Enrollment Form 

To be enrolled as an auditor, students must provide an audit enrollment form and receive the instructor's signature. The student should submit the completed form to the Office of Registration and Records (saic.registrar@saic.edu) during the semester’s Add/Drop period. 

Degree-Seeking Student Course Audit Enrollment Form [PDF]

Finalizing Audit Enrollment

The Registrar will process audit enrollment forms after the conclusion of the Add/Drop period. In the event that an open seat in the course remains available, the student will be enrolled in the course as an auditor. 

If the course has filled to capacity with credit-seeking students, the student requesting audit enrollment and the course instructor will be notified via email that the audit enrollment could not be completed.

Audit Considerations

  • There is no tuition charge for a degree-seeking student to enroll for a grade of AUD in a course which meets the conditions outlined above.
  • Audit-enrollment hours count towards a student’s maximum enrollment cap. Undergraduates may enroll in a maximum of 18 credit hours (Fall/Spring), and graduate students may enroll in a maximum of 15 credit hours.
  • Audit-enrollment hours are not factored into students’ full- or part-time status or related considerations (financial aid, health insurance, etc.)
  • Students with an active registration (REG) or enrollment hold (ENR) cannot be enrolled in a course as an auditor.  
  • A student may enroll as an auditor in a maximum of six credits per academic career. 

Exclusions from Audit Eligibility

The following types of courses cannot be audited under any circumstances:

  • Study trips
  • Co-operative education internships
  • Independent Study Projects
  • Graduate Projects

Unofficial Auditing

“Unofficial” auditing, or “sitting in” a course, refers to participating in a course/course activities for the majority of the term without any type of official enrollment.  Such unofficial auditing is not permitted at SAIC under any circumstances.

Questions about SAIC's Audit Policy should be directed toward the Associate Deans in the Office of the Dean of Faculty.