Students are expected to elect courses for credit. Occasionally, however, a student may wish to attend a course but not elect it for credit. This arrangement can take the form of an official audit (sometimes called Visitor status).
An official audit obligates a student to attend classes regularly and complete course requirements (e.g., papers, laboratory assignments, tests, and the final examination). Regular tuition fees apply, and the course appears on the transcript with the grade VI (Audit); and no degree credit is earned. To arrange an official audit, a student must submit a Request for Audit Status form to the Academic Standards Board, 1255 Angell Hall. A request to officially audit a course must be approved by the end of the third week of a full term or second week of a half-term. Students who do not fulfill course requirements earn the grade ED to indicate that the course was unofficially dropped. In these cases, the term and cumulative grade point averages remain unaffected.