REG 02.20.04 – Audits

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: 1966. Last Revised: Fall 1992.

Additional References: 
Handbook for Advising and Teaching:
Student Classifications
Veteran’s Educational Benefits

Contact Info: Department of Registration and Records (919-515-2572)


1. Regulation

Undergraduate students wishing to audit a course before or after taking it for credit must have approval of their adviser and of the department offering the course. Auditors are expected to attend class regularly. The degree to which an auditor must participate in class beyond regular attendance is optional with the teacher; any such requirements should be clearly explained in writing to the auditor at the beginning of the semester. Should the teacher conclude that poor attendance has resulted in an auditor’s gaining little from the course, the teacher or should mark NR (No Recognition given for an audit) on the final grade report. Students who have taken a course for audit may, with their adviser’s approval, enroll in the course for credit during a subsequent semester or summer session. For tuition cost purposes, audits are treated at full credit value. For all other purposes, however, audits will not be counted in calculating undergraduate course loads.

Graduate students wishing to audit a course must have the approval of their adviser and of the department offering the course. While auditors receive no course credit, they are expected to attend class regularly. The degree to which an auditor must participate in class beyond regular attendance is optional with the teacher; any such requirements should be clearly explained in writing to the auditor at the beginning of the semester. The grade, AU, is marked for students who meet the stipulated requirements. Should a teacher conclude that an auditor has failed to fulfill the stipulated requirements, the teacher is justified in marking NR (no recognition given for an audit) on the final grade report.

Audits in subjects in which the graduate student has had no previous experience will be evaluated at full credit value in determining course loads. Audits taken as repetition of work previously accomplished are considered at one- half their credit value in calculating course loads. With the single exception of foreign language audits, all audit registration must fall within the maximum permissible course loads. Audits are not permitted for students registering for courses carrying a GR prefix (See Student Classifications in the Handbook for Advising and Teaching). Also, students registering for courses carrying a GR prefix are not permitted to audit a course. While audit registrations are evaluated for purposes of determining permissible course loads in terms of the regulations of the Graduate School, the Office of Student Accounts considers all audits, excepting one permitted free of charge, in terms of full credit value in calculating the graduate student’s tuition.

2. VETERANS BENEFITS CONSIDERATIONS FOR AUDITS

Veteran’s benefits are governed by Veterans Administration regulations concerning audits. Public Law 94-502 (G.I. Bill) and Public Law 634 (sons and daughters of deceased or disabled veterans) consider only courses required in a curriculum being taken for credit when determining a student’s load for benefit purposes. (See also Veteran’s Educational Benefits in the Handbook for Advising and Teaching)

3. PROCEDURE

Registration procedures for students wishing to audit a course appear in the Schedule of Courses and the Summer Sessions Bulletin. The last days for changing from credit to AU status appear in the NC State Academic Calendar. Exceptions to the given deadlines may be approved by the dean of the student’s college only on the grounds established for exceptions to the course drop deadline.

At the end of each semester or summer session, the Department of Registration and Records will indicate to each teacher on the Grade Report Roll if the course is being taken for audit. The teacher will mark an Au (Audit) or NR (No Recognition given for an audit)  for those students.

Additional information:  general — Registration and Records, 1000 Harris Hall, 919-515-2572; VA regulations — Veteran Affairs Office, 1000 Harris Hall, 919-515-3048.