Registration and Participant Code of Conduct Policies for Non-Credit Offerings

These policies pertain only to non-credit offerings by Syracuse University.  Participants in these offerings  who are also enrolled as students in for-credit University offerings must abide by the Registration and Student Code of Conduct Policies defined generally by the University for students and shown on the University website.

Participants should consult the specific non-credit course description and/or registration information for policies related to enrollment, payments, drops, transfers, withdrawals and/or refunds that may be specified for that particular course.


  • Participant – A learner in an instructional or other event that does not carry college credit.  A participant is a member of the Syracuse University community, but does not necessarily have access to any student facilities, software, discounts or activities other than those specified in the non-credit course description and/or registration information.
  • Class/Course/Workshop – Terms referring to a discrete offering of non-credit instruction
  • Section – A scheduled instance of a non-credit class, course or workshop that has a particularly scheduled time period, a specified cost, and a specified delivery location or method of attendance.
  • Session – A single learning period in a non-credit class/course/workshop that may consist of one or more of such learning periods.
  • Program – A series of non-credit offerings that are considered to be related and which may be taken in a required or recommended sequence.
  • Financial Aid – Payments, either in part or in full, for a participant’s required fee to participate in a non-credit offering that are made by a third party, such as a government program, corporate policy, military benefit, etc.
  • Microcredential – Evidence provided to a participant of a discrete achievement of some kind that results from a having fulfilled a specific set of measurable requirements. 
  • Digital Badge -  A special electronic process that is presented as an icon image containing a hyperlink to detailed evidence regarding the microcredential that it symbolizes, and which is issued to the recipient only by a central clearing house that maintains that detailed evidence.  The encryption of digital badges prevents their duplication without the permission of the clearing house as well as the original awarding organization.  The clearing house allows any viewer to verify the details of the digital badge, including how it was earned and verification of its authenticity and currency.
  • OPAM – The Office of Professional Acceleration and Microcredentials in the College of Professional Studies.

Official Registration Required for Attending Non-Credit Classes

You must be officially registered in order to attend non-credit classes. You may not attend, audit, be evaluated or otherwise participate in courses without being officially enrolled. An instructor may not allow you to attend classes and/or submit work unless your name appears on the official class list. Registration may be prevented for financial, academic, or other reasons.

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