Pass/Fail and Audit
By action of the Faculty Council, pass/fail is not an option during the summer, except when courses are regularly offered only on a pass/fail basis.
General Provisions. To audit a class, registered students and persons not registered must obtain a drop/add/audit form from the teaching department of the class (AUD for audit should be indicated on the form). Permission from the class instructor and the department chair is required and should be indicated on the form by signature. Requests to audit a course may be submitted only after the last day for students to add a class or late register when it has been determined that there is still space available in the class.
Auditing of courses is permitted only in lecture-based courses and never in courses that include laboratories or performances. Auditing is not permitted in courses that focus on the development of written or oral communication skills or that rely heavily on class participation. Auditing is not permitted in independent-study courses, internships, special topics, directed readings, or similar courses. Auditing is not permitted in classes that are offered primarily as online classes.
Participation. Auditors do not write papers, take quizzes or examinations, request review of written work, or participate in class discussions unless otherwise directed by the course instructor.
Records and Grades. Effective Fall 2010, auditors will be required to register for any class that they have been approved to audit. Auditors will appear on the instructor’s class roll but may not request grades. No transcript of record will be issued and no grades accepted by the Office of the University Registrar. This change in business process was guided by the need to have an accurate listing of individuals in a classroom if there were to be an emergency situation, and to observe maximum seating limits as set by the fire marshal.
Process and Fee for Auditing Courses. Students officially registered for other courses in the same term may audit a course without paying a fee. These students will need to obtain a drop/add/audit form from the teaching department of the class (AUD for audit should be indicated on the form). Permission from the class instructor and the department chair is required and should be indicated on the form by signature. Persons not registered for classes must obtain a drop/add/audit form, pay a $20.00 fee per class to the University Cashier’s Office, and then bring the completed form and receipt to the Office of the University Registrar to complete the process. Payments will only be accepted after the end of the official registration period (Last Day for students to add a class or late register) when it has been determined that there is still space available in the class.
You will be asked to provide additional information (full name, date of birth, etc.) when you bring the drop/add/audit form and receipt to University Registrar’s Office. This information will be used to register you as an auditor in our system. A copy of the registration transaction will be given to the student if requested to provide to the class instructor at the beginning of the term.
Please see https://registrar.unc.edu/academic-services/policies-procedures/university-policy-memorandums/upm-9-auditing-courses/ for more information.
Continuing Education Courses. Students cannot audit courses in the Friday Center for Continuing Education (Part-time Classroom Studies, Carolina Courses Online, Self-paced Courses, or Tutorial Programs), or courses preparing the student for Credit By Exam.