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The practice of “unit shaving” or unit adjustment is not available. Courses are offered for the number of units that are listed in Axess or ExploreCourses. A course that is listed in Axess or ExploreCourses as being offered for 5 units can only be taken for 5 units. Courses offered for a range of units (e.g., 3-5 units) can be taken for the number of units chosen by the student. See the University policy concerning "Amount of Work" in the Stanford Bulletin concerning University expectations for the relationship between work and units of credit.