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Course Information and Policies

Courses offered during University of Rochester Summer Sessions vary by type, grading basis, and academic level. Please review the course information and policies below before registering.

Course Modality 

In accordance with the latest health and safety guidelines, all 2021 Summer Sessions courses will be available to take online*. All instructors have designed their courses to support asynchronous online participation, so you can study from wherever you are.

*Please note: BIOL 198P-1 (Principles of Genetics Lab) and BIOL 250L-1 (Intro to Biochemistry with Lab) will require in-person classroom attendance and will not be available to take online this summer.

Credit vs. Audit

The University of Rochester offers all Summer Sessions courses to be taken for credit and some courses to be audited. You can find the tuition for credit courses and the fee for audited courses on the Tuition, Fees, and Payment page.

Please note that not all Summer Sessions courses are available for auditing. If you are a current matriculated student at the University of Rochester, you can find out whether a Summer Sessions course allows audits on the Course Section detail page in UR Student. If you are a non-matriculated (visiting) or incoming student, please contact the Office of Summer and Continuing Studies at oscs@rochester.edu to see if the course you are interested in allows audits.

Current University of Rochester undergraduate students can count Summer Sessions courses toward their degree. However, you may not use this credit to accelerate your graduation by more than one semester. Visiting students should check with their home institutions to make sure that the credits will transfer.

Course Audits

Auditing a course means that you can attend class meetings and have access to course materials, but you will not receive credit for the course. Individual instructors may have specific requirements for auditors, so you are expected to follow any guidelines the instructor may have regarding class attendance and participation.

In some instances, permission from the instructor may be required in order to audit a Summer Sessions course. Instructors may decline to give their permission.

Please note: you may not change your grading basis from credit to audit for Summer Sessions courses after the add/drop deadline for each session. If you withdraw from a course you are auditing after the add/drop deadline, it will result in a “W” on your transcript.

Courses Types

University of Rochester Summer Sessions offers a variety of types of courses. Please review the details below to ensure that you are eligible to enroll in a course before registering:

Course TypeCredit HoursAudits Permitted?Student Eligibility
Discussion (lecture)Usually 4.0By instructor permission onlyOpen to all students
LabVariesBy instructor permission onlyOpen to all students
WorkshopVariesNoOpen to all students
RecitationVariesNoOpen to all students
InternshipVariesNoOpen to matriculated University of Rochester students only
Independent StudyVariesNoOpen to matriculated University of Rochester students only

Course Numbering System

Arts, Sciences & Engineering courses use the following number system to indicate their academic level and credit options:

Course NumberAcademic Level
001-099Noncredit courses
100–199Introductory courses (usually at the first- and second-year level) that do not carry any graduate credit
200–299Courses at the third- and fourth-year level that may also carry graduate credit
300Study abroad courses
301–399Experimental courses, independent courses, courses toward degree with distinction or honors
400–489Graduate courses at the master’s level or the first year of graduate study; open to undergraduates by instructor permission only
490–499Master-level reading or research courses
500–589Advanced or specialized graduate courses (usually at the doctoral level)

Course Policies

Course Cancellations and Schedule Change

The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons that it deems valid. Course enrollments will be evaluated prior to the first day of classes. If a course you are enrolled in does not meet sufficient enrollment, you will be notified.

If you must drop a course due to a schedule change, your tuition will be refunded in full, as long as you successfully drop the course before the 100% tuition refund deadline.

Attendance Policy

Each instructor sets the regulations regarding attendance for each class and consistent absence from class may determine whether or not you pass a course. When it is necessary to be absent because of travel or illness, you are expected to make arrangements with instructors for catching up on coursework that you miss.

If you are seen by a medical provider for an illness or injury, you can ask for documentation that verifies the date of your visit(s) without mention of the reason for the visit. If your doctor determines you should curtail activities in the coming days or weeks, they will give you written instructions with specific recommendations. 

If you are absent from class due to illness, family emergency, or other circumstances, we encourage you to contact the Office of Summer and Continuing Studies at oscs@rochester.edu if you need assistance in communicating with your professors or making up the work that you miss.

Academic Comments and Concerns

If you wish to praise an instructor, comment on a course, or raise an academic concern, we encourage you to submit the online complaint or comment form. If you wish to submit a complaint about a grade in a course, please follow the grade appeal procedure.

Prior to submitting the form, we encourage you to first discuss the matter with the individual(s) most directly responsible. Your form will be reviewed by a member of the Office of the Dean of the College, who will share the form directly with the head of the relevant department or program and request a response in writing. Occasionally, other University faculty and staff will be consulted to assure that your form is reviewed in the most appropriate way. If you wish that your name not be forwarded to the person or office complained about, please submit a comment form only. Staff will remove your name and contact information from the form prior to forwarding it to the relevant individual. You will receive a response in writing, usually within two weeks of successful form submission.

If you wish to report a nonacademic concern or matter, and it is unclear how to report this information, you can submit a complaint or comment form and staff will be sure that it reaches the proper University department. Specialized processes Specialized processes exist to make discrimination complaints, which can be raised with the Title IX coordinators, the University Ombuds, or by submitting a bias-related incident report. For a comprehensive list of helpful offices and individuals, see the CARE resource center.

Associated College and University Policies

Attendance Policy
Nondiscrimination Statement