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Policy on Auditing an Undergraduate and Graduate Course

Classification number ACD 1513
Framework category Academic
Approving authority Academic Council
Policy owner Registrar
Approval date February 25, 2020
Review date March 2023

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to outline the categories, registration and fee-payment requirements for Auditors of a Course at the University.

Definitions

For the purposes of this Policy the following definitions apply:

“Auditor” means the people who attend a Course without receiving evaluation or a grade.

“Registered Undergraduate Students” means the students registered at the University in an undergraduate program.

“Registered Graduate Students” means the students registered at the University in a graduate program.

“Non-registered Students” means the non-registered people or employees at the University that are under the age of 65 years.

"Senior Citizens” means Non-registered Students at the University that are 65 years of age or older.

 “Course” means a unit of work in a particular subject normally extending through one semester or session, the completion of which carries credit toward the requirements of a degree or diploma.

Scope and authority

This Policy applies to the undergraduate and graduate Courses identified by the Faculties as having enrolment capacity and instructor permission.  

The Registrar, or successor thereof, is the Policy Owner and is responsible for overseeing the implementation, administration and interpretation of this Policy.

Policy

General

  1. Audited Courses will not appear on a student's transcript.
  2. Auditors may audit only one Course at a time per semester.
  3. The University's Student Conduct Policy and Disciplinary Procedures in Non-Academic Matters will apply to Auditors.
  4. The registration dates and fee payment dates that are outlined in the Academic Schedule will apply to Auditors.
  5. Graduate Students participating in the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program are not eligible to register as an Auditor for graduate Courses.

Categories of Auditors

There are three categories of Auditors: Registered Undergraduate Students, Registered Graduate Students and Non-registered Students.

Normally, Non-registered Students will not be permitted to register for graduate Courses.

  1. Registered Undergraduate Students:
    1. May audit a Course provided they obtain the permission of the Course instructor(s);
    2. Are not permitted to write examinations or receive any form of evaluation; and,
    3. Must register formally as Auditors with the Office of the Registrar and pay the fees as outlined by the University.
  2. Registered Graduate Students:
    1. Are permitted to audit Courses provided they have the approval of their supervisor (if applicable), graduate program director and the Course instructor;
    2. Are not permitted to write examinations or receive any form of evaluation;
    3. Must register formally as Auditors with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  3. Non-registered Students (including Senior Citizens):
    1. May audit available courses that have been approved by the Faculty and course instructor;
    2. Are not permitted to write examinations or receive any form of evaluation; and,
    3. They must register formally as Auditors with the Office of the Registrar and pay the fees as outlined by the University.

Course fees

There are four categories of Course fees for Auditors:

  1. Registered Undergraduate Students will pay an auditing fee as per the auditing fee schedule, as well as university ancillary fees. Students will have access to University Services in accordance with the ancillary services paid as an undergraduate student.
  2. Registered Graduate Students will pay an auditing fee as per the auditing fee schedule as well as ancillary fees, and will have access to University Services in accordance with the ancillary fees paid as a graduate student.
  3. Non-registered Students will pay an auditing fee as per the auditing fee schedule, and have access to the University Library.
  4. Senior Citizens will pay fifty percent of the auditing fee and will have access to the University Library.

Payment deadlines

The Academic Schedule will outline the date that payment will be required each Semester.

Monitoring and review

This Policy will be reviewed as necessary and at least every three years. The Registrar or successor thereof, is responsible to monitor and review this Policy.

Relevant legislation

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 8, Sch. 0.

Related policies, procedures & documents

Procedure for Auditing an Undergraduate Course (to be created).
Procedure for Auditing a Graduate Course (to be created).
Auditing fee schedule