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.


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 students may register on a part-time or full-time basis. The maximum credit load for the summer term is 19 credits. The recommended course load per session is two courses for a four-week session and three courses for a six-week session. The recommended course load for overlapping sessions is no more than three courses at any one point in time.


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 liability schedule. Please see the Summer 2022 Tuition & Liability Chart for specific dates.

Auditing Courses

Informal Audit
Students may not informally audit in the summer.

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tuition and fees and the course is entered on the transcript of the student with a grade of ā€œNā€ (audit) or ā€œWā€ (withdrawn) should the student withdraw. 

All students wishing to formally audit should register and then submit a formal audit request form to the Registrar's Office, Campus Center B52.  This can be done no later than the last day to add with permission from the instructor (see the Academic Calendar for individual session dates). 

Students formally auditing must drop/withdraw should they choose not to attend.  Students who do not properly withdraw are bound to the tuition refund schedule.

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 B25, by the posted deadlines.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

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