Auditors are not permitted in courses taught in Yale College except for persons in one of the categories described below.
- Students enrolled full time in Yale College or in one of the graduate or professional schools of the University may audit courses without charge. The permission of the instructor is required.
- Members of the Yale faculty and emeritus faculty may audit courses without charge. The permission of the instructor is required.
- Spouses or partners of full-time Yale faculty members, or of emeritus faculty, or of students enrolled full time in the University may audit courses without charge. Permission is required of the instructor and of Dean William Whobrey.
- Employees of the University and their spouses or partners may audit courses without charge in accordance with applicable personnel policies. Permission is required of the instructor, of the employee's supervisor, and of Dean William Whobrey.
No other persons are permitted to audit courses in Yale College except for those accepted through the Association of Yale Alumni Auditing program. The Alumni Auditing program is administered separately from the general auditing program, and different rules may apply. Information is available on the Undergraduate Admissions Office Web site.
Persons auditing courses with limited laboratory or computer facilities must secure the explicit permission of the instructor to do so, and should understand that regularly enrolled students must at all times have priority in using such facilities. Computer or language laboratory facilities should be employed by auditors only during times when they are not in heavy demand, and in certain courses charges for computer use may be necessary. General access to the campus computing network may not be available to auditors.
It is the usual expectation that an auditor does not take tests or examinations or write papers for a course for evaluation by the instructor. Occasionally, however, an auditor may wish to do such work and may request the instructor to evaluate it. If the instructor wishes to cooperate with the auditor in this way, the instructor does so on a voluntary basis and not as an obligation.
The Registrar's Office does not keep a record of courses audited. It is not possible, therefore, for a student's transcript to show that a course has been audited, or for a transcript to be issued that records the auditing of a course.
Persons interested in auditing a course should visit the Yale College Special Programs Office, 55 Whitney Avenue, Suite 420.