Academic Regulations

Complete academic regulations and standards appear in detail in the University's Undergraduate Bulletin and Graduate Bulletin. Should you require information regarding grading standards and academic policy, please refer to the appropriate publication.


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General Studies’ students are expected to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.  Those students who fail to complete the courses in which they are enrolled and/or to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average each semester may be subject to dismissal.  General Studies reserves the right to rescind continued enrollment privileges for failure to maintain sufficient academic progress which shall be defined as falling below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and/or not completing coursework for two consecutive terms.


Course descriptions should be reviewed to be sure that course prerequisites have been met. Course descriptions for UAlbany courses can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. For courses that require prior approval for registration, contact the appropriate departmental office or the instructor of record for the desired course. All University faculty or departmental offices can be reached by calling (518) 442-3300 (University Operator) or by using the University Faculty/Staff Directory.

Course Load

Eligible General Studies’ students may register on a part-time or full-time basis.  The maximum credit load for a student in a given semester is determined with the advice and consent of the General Studies academic advisor.


Regulations concerning attendance in a particular course are at the discretion of the instructor, and any problems with individual class attendance should be presented to the instructor of that class.

If you stop attending any class without properly dropping or withdrawing from the class, you will receive a grade in the course and no refund of tuition will be granted. You may refer to the course withdrawal/drop procedures listed on the Student Accounts website for further information.

Failure to log-on to your online course does not constitute a drop or withdrawal. Students who do not properly withdraw are bound to the tuition refund schedule.

Auditing Courses

Informal Audit
Any resident of the State of New York is permitted to informally audit most undergraduate credit courses on a space-available basis by permission of the Office of General Studies and the instructor. Only lecture classes are eligible for informal audits. If uncertain about whether a course offered at the University can be informally audited, contact the Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions at 442-5140. Informal audit is not available during Summer Sessions.

Under the informal audit arrangement, the auditor obtains permission from the instructor of a course to sit in the class. This is done without payment of tuition. Since no grading is involved nor is any credit earned by attending the course, no official transcript is maintained by the University Registrar.

Guidelines as well as the informal audit enrollment application can be downloaded below, or contact the Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions for more information.

Formal Audit
Students may formally audit with instructor consent. The formal auditor pays regular tuition and fees and the course is entered on the transcript of the student with a grade of “N” (audit) or “W” (withdrawn) should the student withdraw. Information and policies on formal audits can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

S/U Grading

The S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading option applies only to undergraduate students. Undergraduate students wishing to have a course graded S/U should submit a S/U, A-E grading option form to the Registrar's Office, Campus Center B52, by the posted deadlines.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates.