Auditing Undergraduate Courses

Department of Linguistics Auditing Policy


The Department of Linguistics Auditing Policy is in accordance with the University of Toronto's Policy on Auditing


  • Permission to audit a course is given at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors are not required to accept auditors in their classes.
  • Space must be available in the course: classroom size is based on the number of registered students; no changes to assigned rooms can be made to accommodate auditors. 
  • Registered students and U of T alumni who wish to audit courses take priority over other audit requests. 
  • Permission to audit is just that; it does not include marking of assignments, tests or exams, and no grades will be given. Non-registered students who wish to use other university services (e.g. the University of Toronto Library) may have access to them on the same terms available to the public at large. 
  • Instructors can require auditors to participate in class presentations, etc., on the understanding that such activities will not be graded. 


Auditors fall into two categories, those who do not want a certificate of attendance and those who do: 

  • Auditors who do not want a certificate of attendance may, at the discretion of the instructor, audit courses without paying a fee. 
  • Certificates of attendance require payment of a fee, and will be issued to auditors providing that:
    • Prior to the start of the course, the auditor contacts the instructor in writing to indicate that they would like to audit the course and that they would also like a certificate of attendance,
    • The instructor agrees to keep a record of attendance,
    • The auditor attends at least 75% of the classes, and
    • The auditor pays an auditing fee of $200 per half course audited (auditing fees are paid to Mary Hsu, Business Officer).

Note: if an auditor does not have a UTORid, they will not be able to have full access to course material hosted on Quercus.