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Course Audit Policy

Effective Date: January 3, 2022
Revised: April 24, 2024


An audit is a registration status allowing students to attend a course without receiving academic credit. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may audit a course that does not require special preparation (e.g., prerequisite courses) and/or admissions to a program of study. Students have access to course materials and assignments but will not be required to submit assignments, participate in discussions, or take exams.

NSU must ensure all students participating in a course are registered to have accurate class rosters of individuals in a classroom in case of an emergency, to comply with maximum seating limits as set by fire marshal regulations, and to maintain university records.

Requirements for Course Audit

  • A course may only be audited with the written approval from the instructor and Department Chair/Director after determining if the student has met any prerequisites tied to the course.

  • Students wishing to audit a course must complete the Course Audit Request Form.

  • A course can only be audited on a space-available basis. The registration will not be processed until all non-audit students are registered.

  • Students are not able to register to audit a course through their SharkLink account. The registration(s) must be processed through their advisor or program office.

  • An audit course does not affect a student’s part-time or full-time enrollment status and does not count toward the determination of continuous enrollment.

  • An “AU” grade will be posted to the student’s academic record and will appear on the academic transcript for any audited course(s) but will not affect the student’s attempted credits, earned credits, and grade point average (GPA).

  • Students must identify themselves to their instructor as auditing students and discuss the parameters of participating in class discussions and completing assignments and exams.

  • Evaluation of course work is at the discretion of the instructor.

  • An audited course cannot be changed to a letter grade once the course has begun (or vice versa). If a letter grade is required, a student must retake the course and pay full tuition and all applicable fees.

  • An audited course(s) does not fulfill degree or certificate requirements.

  • The cost for an audited course is the same as for a regular course, including tuition and fees.

  • For a student in an HPD lock-step program who is required to or requests to audit course(s) upon returning from a leave of absence, the cost of an audit course will be reversed to include 100 percent of the course tuition cost as well as the University Student Services Fee and any additional applicable fees.

  • Financial aid (e.g., scholarships, grants, discounts, and loans) will not be available to cover the cost of an audit course. Audited courses will not be counted toward a student’s financial aid eligibility.

  • Instructors may request the Department Chair/Director to officially withdraw a student who is auditing a course if the student is interfering with learning in the class. 

  • Any course required for the completion of the student’s program/degree can only be audited after it has been previously passed. In other words, students may audit a course as a “refresher” but not as a “practice run.



Course Audit Request Form 

This form may be signed electronically. 

By signing this document electronically using Adobe Reader, Mac Preview, or the Microsoft Edge Browser, the signers represent  that they intend and agree that such electronic signature shall have the same binding effect as a handwritten signature, for purposes of validity, enforceability, and admissibility of this document. Any method of electronic signature other than as above-described may not be acceptable to NSU. 

For instructions, consult How to insert an E-signature.

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