Course auditing is a two-step process available to BYU-Idaho students at the beginning of each semester and can take place anywhere a computer is available.
A student wanting to audit a class will register for the course they want to take — the same as any other class — then they will contact the Student Records and Registration office by email, according to the Student Records and Registration Office. They will check whether or not the course can be audited and change the status if it is a possibility. Students can also stop by the office, located in the Spencer W. Kimball Student and Administrative Services Building 190.
“Students who audit a class are not responsible for attendance, daily preparations or examinations, and no grade is reported or recorded on the permanent record,” according to the BYU-I Student Records and Registration Web page.
Students are still required to pay tuition for each class they take, whether they are auditing it or not, according to the Web page.
If a student drops all their courses and takes just audited courses — which essentially means that the student is not registered for any credits — they will be officially withdrawn from the university, according to the Web page.
The deadlines for auditing vary from semester to semester, but the deadline for spring 2016 is Tuesday, May 10.
There are many reasons why a student would audit a class if they have reached the 12 credits, according to the Student Records and Registration office.
Hyrum Clark, a sophomore studying computer information technology, said he has been considering auditing an intermediate social dance class since he recently took the introductory course.
Clark said, he just wanted to audit them and be able to still take the class without the class being added to his credit load. He said that one of the main reasons he hoping that if he audited it that maybe it won’t be as stressful.
“It’s basically a carefree learning environment and without the stress of a grade,” said Makayla Jamison, a junior, majoring in Public Health who works in the Student Registration Office. “Generally that’s why people do audits—to learn, and sometimes it’s to decide if they want to take the class later. If they think they can handle it then ok, I’ve unaudited the class so they can do the grade, but sometimes they’re not quite sure what they want to do”.
Even with the auditing option available at BYU-I, not all departments and instructors allow a student to audit a course.
“It’s the department that decides, or the instructors.” Jamison said.”I feel like some classes are really high demand and maybe they won’t let them audit specifically for that major. They want the dedicated students that want to work for it.”
Clark said, that one of his potential doubts with the auditing process is that he might slack-off because of the lesser class responsibilities that accompany auditing, but he said that this is a minor fear.
Though there may be some restrictions to auditing a course Jamison said that most foundation courses can be audited, but specific classes in certain departments don’t allow students to audit. It is ultimately up to the instructor’s discretion.
“I think mostly the only reason I haven’t audited a class yet is because I’m worried whether or not I’ll actually have time for the class,” Clark said. “I feel like if it’s a class I want to learn something in, I’ll be able to put time into it,” Clark said.
BYU-Idaho’s auditing option gives students who might be unsure which career path to take, a chance to test things out, Jamison said.
Even though the opportunity to audit a class is present for most students on BYU-I’s campus, those considering auditing a class should really think it through. Jamison said.