Academic Catalog

Auditing a Class

Students may not attend or sit in classes unless officially registered, whether or not the student intends to receive credit for the course.1

A person who wishes to attend class but who does not desire credit is an auditor. With approval from the instructor, auditors may register to audit many undergraduate, 6000-level, and 7000-level courses. The course must be available for the audit grade mode to be eligible for auditors to sit in on the course. Students who are unable to remain at the University because of low grades, and new applicants who do not qualify for admission, may not register as auditors.

Students do not receive credit for an audited course. A student may receive credit for an audited course only by enrolling in it as a regular student in a subsequent quarter. Auditors may neither participate in class discussions nor take examinations. If they do daily assignments, the instructor is under no obligation to read or correct them.

Courses that are audited do not count toward financial aid. Tuition rates for auditors will be equal to the regular tuition credit rate for the program in which the course is offered.

By enrolling in courses at SPU, students agree to comply with the expectations, policies, and procedures in the Student Handbook, including the Student Standards of Conduct. Non-registrants in music ensembles and theatre productions also must comply with these expectations, policies and procedures.

Students must register to audit a course in person at the Office of the Registrar in Demaray Hall 151 before 4:00 p.m. on the fifth day of the quarter, as published in the University Academic Calendar.


Exceptions to this policy may be granted, with instructor approval, for members of the community to participate in music ensembles and for SPU Theatre program alumni to participate in theatre productions. In all other cases, a person who wishes to attend a course but not receive a grade must officially register as an auditor and pay for the course.