University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Course Audit
Policy Number: LR 509.6
Effective Date: August 15, 2011
For a variety of legitimate reasons, it might be in a graduate student’s interest to attend a course, but not participate at the level expected of a graduate student wishing to receive a grade and count the credits toward a graduate degree, specialist, or certificate. This policy defines the expectations imposed upon a graduate student auditing a course and the implications regarding graduate assistantships, progress toward program completion, tuition and fees, and other administrative issues.
To audit a course means to attend class with no expectation of active involvement in class activities and, in effect, to be a spectator, not a participant.
Issues Surrounding the Auditing of a Course
Under normal circumstances, the auditing graduate student will not be given a grade, performance report, or evaluation of any kind. However, to receive transcript recognition for the audited course, the student must attend class with sufficient regularity to meet the instructor’s minimum expectations. These expectations should be made explicit to the student early in the course. Students who audit a course must follow regular admission and registration procedures, pay full tuition and fees, and are subject to the university’s academic policies. Credits accrued through audited courses do not count toward fulfilling minimum credit requirements for graduate degrees, specialists, or certificates. In addition, audited courses do not count toward those needed to meet the requirements for a full- or half-time graduate assistantship.
Graduate students are advised to contact the UA Little Rock Office of Admissions (501-916-3127) to determine the impacts of auditing a course on financial aid.
Approved by: Graduate Council, March 31, 2010
Custodian: Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School