3.10 Audits, Substitutions, and Waivers Policy

A. Auditing Courses

Course auditing enables a student to participate in a course without receiving a grade, curriculum credit, or continuing education units. Course audits are not considered in determining full or part-time student status, will not meet graduation requirements, nor are factored in determining either financial aid status or satisfactory academic progress. A student auditing a course is expected to attend regularly, but may choose not to take examinations. A record of the audit shall be entered on the student's transcript as AUD, with no college credit given.

Students who wish to audit a course must complete an Audit Agreement form, get the course instructor's signature, and submit the “Audit Agreement” form to Registration Services at any Central Piedmont campus prior to the start of the curriculum term, or at the initial meeting of a continuing education class. Registration procedures and fees for an audited class are the same as those for regular degree and non-degree enrollment.

Certain courses, however, may not be designated as appropriate for audit. Students must meet all pre-requisites to audit credit courses. Non-degree courses may not be audited without permission from the appropriate dean. No student will be allowed to change from an audit to a credit designation or from a credit to an audit designation after the section census date.

B. Course Substitution

Course substitutions for graduation may be permitted for the required course, upon recommendation of the student’s instructor of record and approval of the associate dean, with adequate cause.

C. Course Waiver

Course waivers for graduation may be permitted upon the recommendation of the associate dean of the student's Associate in Applied Science program, or of the dean who has responsibility for the specific course in the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, and Associate in Fine Arts degrees. No credit hours will be granted. General Education requirements may not be waived for any reason. Students must still meet the minimum credit hours required for their program as outlined in Policy 3.11: Program Completion Policy.


Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on May 6, 2020

Changes approved by Cabinet on March 2, 2015; July 17, 2017

Modified on November 11, 2004; January 12, 2005; November 1, 2006; February 21, 2008