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Credit Only and Audit

Audits (Undergraduate)

AU- Audit. Given in recognition of successful completion of a course audit.

NR- No Recognition. Given for unsuccessful completion of a course audit.

Students wishing to audit a course before or after taking it for credit must have the approval of their advisor 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 instructor; any such requirements should be clearly explained in writing to the auditor at the beginning of the semester. Should the instructor conclude that poor attendance has resulted in an auditor’s gaining little from the course, the instructor should mark NR (no recognition will be given for an audit) on the final grade report. Students who have taken a course for audit may, with their advisor’s approval, enroll in the course for credit during a subsequent semester or summer session. For tuition cost purposes, audits are treated as full credit value. For all other purposes, hours of audit do not count in calculating undergraduate course loads.

Note: Veteran’s benefits are governed by Veterans Administration regulation concerning audits. Public Law 94502 (G.I. Bill) and Public Law 64 (sons and daughters of deceased or disabled veterans) consider only courses being taken for credit when determining a student’s course load for benefit purposes. For information, contact Veterans Affairs and Benefits, 1000 Harris Hall, (919) 515-3048.

Credit Only Option for Free Elective Courses

Each undergraduate student has the option to count toward graduation requirements a maximum of 12 semester hours in the category of credit-only courses (exclusive of Health and Exercise Studies (HES*) activity courses and other courses authorized to be graded on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis). The student may select as credit-only any course offered by the university except those in Military Science, Naval Science, and Aerospace Studies. Students should check with their advisor before taking a course in their major, minor, General Education Program (GEP) or similar categories in the credit only status to determine if the course will count towards the major, minor, or GEP. The selected courses must be included under the free elective category of the specific curriculum in which the student is enrolled. The student will be responsible for attendance, assignments, and examinations.

The student’s performance in a credit only course will be reported as S (satisfactory grade for credit-only course and given when course work is equivalent to C- or better) or U (no credit grade for credit-only course). The grade for a credit only course will have no effect on the student’s Grade Point Average. The course and its grade will be counted in the cumulative hours attempted. Credit-only courses do not count in the calculation of eligibility for the Semester Dean’s List, which requires either twelve hours or fifteen hours of course work for which grade points are earned.

Non-degree students may take on a credit-only basis for any course for which they satisfy prerequisites. Students should be aware that many graduate and professional schools evaluate credit-only courses for which “U” grades were awarded as failing grades.