Policy Title Course Auditing Policy
Type or category of Policy: College Policy
Approval Authority: Provost and Senior Vice President
Responsible Executive: Provost and Senior Vice President
Responsible Office: Academic Affairs
Owner Contact: Office of the Registrar, 518-783-2310, registrar@siena.edu
Reviewed By: Provost Margaret Madden
Reviewed Date: March 5, 2024
Last Revised and Effective Date of Revision:  

Reason for Policy
Establish guidelines for individuals; students, and employees for course auditing

Scope of the Policy: Entities or Individuals affected by this policy

  • Students; Undergraduate and Graduate
  • All faculty, administration, and staff members
  • Deans, directors, chairs, and department heads

The Official Policy
Course Auditing allows Siena Students (both matriculated and non-matriculated) and Siena Employees to attend and participate in any class (some exceptions apply). An auditor must register for the class before the add/drop period ends, pay regular tuition and fees and participate in the course as directed by the instructor.

  • Audit cannot be changed to credit, or vice versa after add/drop ends.
  • Permission of instructor for the course is required; students also require the permission of their academic advisor if applicable.
  • An auditor must contact the Office of the Registrar, with the required permission, for registration prior to the deadline defined on the Academic calendar.
  • At the end of the semester, the course grade of AU is recorded on the academic record for auditors whose attendance and participation standards are met. If attendance and participation standards are not met the grade of W is assigned.
  • No academic credit is granted.
  • An audited course may be taken again for credit, but all course requirements must be met.

* Exceptions
Several types of courses may not allow auditing, due to teaching methods and/or class formats. These courses include, but are not limited to, practicum, internships, research and independent study courses; field courses, clinical courses, studio courses, study abroad courses, and workshops.

Any class that is filled with credit-earning students may not be audited. If a class is full, credit-earning students may displace auditors.

* Resources
Reviewed: March 5, 2024
Revised:    March 5, 2024