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Community Listeners Permit Program (CLPP)

The impetus for the Community Listeners Permit Program (CLPP) is that of a commitment to lifelong learning and community service. The CLPP opens the classrooms of SIU Carbondale to the community. It is a special non-credit program that gives one an opportunity to participate in numerous SIU credit courses.

What is the purpose?

  • This program offers opportunities for professional and personal continuing education. It allows participants to experience the university classroom in a stress free manner, without examinations or grades.
  • The program can also help prospective students decide areas of study they might wish to pursue in the future.

Who can take part?

  • Anyone not currently enrolled for credit in any university-level course can take part in this program.

How does it work?

  • You must first contact the instructor for permission to attend the class of your choice. Acquire approval from instructor via signature on the application form.  Proceed to register with Conference & Scheduling Services who will provide you with a card you may show to the class instructor as proof of registration. 
  • You must provide the instructors signature of approval (electronic signature or scanned copy of signature on form) before sending in your completed registration form. Online access will be provided to you once your registration is complete. A card will not be required show approval.
  • Individuals enrolled in the program have access to purchasing a 50% discount for the Morris Library Courtesy Card from Morris Library. To purchase the Courtesy Card, individuals need to show their Community Listener’s Permit Card at Morris Library.  

Are there any limitations?

  • Yes, a few. . . Classes in which a danger may exist for the listener, classes that have full enrollment, classes where added direct expense may be incurred by the university (most laboratory classes), classes that require access to a university computer, all classes in the schools of Medicine and Law, and noncredit courses offered by Continuing Education and Professional Development.
  • Participation my be limited depending on class size, resources and safety concerns.
  • All courses must have approval from the course instructor. Approval portion is included in the application, linked below.
  • The decision to provide online access to a course and it's materials is up to the instructor.   

COVID Procedures:

  • Community Listener courses are only eligible for online courses until futher notice.
  • Morris Library Courtesy Cards (reduced fee membership) is currently not available.  


Community Listeners Permit Application

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