Established rules and requirements

Senior Guest and Guest auditors at UW–Madison

We welcome you to audit classes at UW–Madison but want to make you aware of the rules and requirements applicable to you as an auditor. Please review the following information to make your auditing experience as seamless and hassle-free as possible.  

  • Permission to enroll in courses is at the discretion of the instructor and the department. We ask that you accept the instructor’s decision if permission is not granted. Special exception requests and appeals are not permitted.
  • All official UW correspondence will be sent to your email account. This includes any correspondence regarding class permissions (especially for Senior Guests).
  • As an auditor you will not receive a grade or credit for any course you take.
  • It is expected that you will respect the instructors’, advisors’, and credit students’ time and understand that the university’s priority is with degree/credit students because UW System policy stipulates that no additional costs to the university should arise from implementing the audit privilege program.
  • As a Senior Guest or Guest auditor, you are a silent observer in the course and may not be allowed to actively participate in synchronous or asynchronous discussions. You may not recite, perform, or take examinations. You may not submit assignments for review or grading. Professors may not respond or provide feedback to your direct communications as their priority is focused on degree/credit students in the course. All exceptions are at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Failure to respect these guidelines above may result in you losing auditing privileges which may include being disallowed by the Dean’s office to enroll for future terms and/or withdrawal from the program after enrollment.
  • This privilege is only for accessing courses as an auditor and not for the purposes of utilizing campus resources.

Thank you for taking the time to review this webpage. Feel free to email us with questions.

Have a great semester!

Courses NOT typically available for auditing include:

  • conversational languages, including American Sign Language (ASL)
  • studio and performing arts including music
  • writing, math, computer, and lab courses
  • independent study and directed study
  • seminar, research, and colloquial courses

Questions? Email