DCS Auditing Policy
I often get asked the question:
Can I sit in on (audit) you course?
Here is an answer, cribbed from the Department of Computer Science
instructor's advice page. I myself welcome anyone who wants to sit in
on my class, but just so you know what the official rules are:
To audit a course is to sit and listen to the lectures, and perhaps to
the tutorials, without formally enrolling.
Auditing is acceptable if the auditor is a student at U of T, and no
University resources are to be committed to the auditor. The "must be
a student" condition means that students of other universities,
employees of outside organizations (or even of U of T itself!), or any
other non-students, are not permitted to be auditors. (If we did not
have this rule, the University would require us to collect auditing
fees, and we are not willing to do that.)
The "no resources used" condition means that auditors do not get
computing accounts, cannot have term work marked, and cannot write
exams. In other words, they cannot use instuctors time, TA time,
or administrative resources of any kind.
An auditor may not attend class unless there is an empty seat
after the last regularly-enrolled student has sat down. That sounds
frivolous, but in fact it is an aspect of an important point: if
enrolment in a course has been closed because the room size has been
reached, then there may well be physical seats for auditors, because
it is rare for every student to appear for a lecture, but auditors
will not be allowed to enrol later on in the course, even if some
students drop it. Neither instructors
nor the department can waive this rule.
Often these conditions are perfectly acceptable to auditors; we don't
mean to ban the practice, but only to live within the University's
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