Early Alert

The Early Alert process provides support to students and faculty regarding academic and/or personal concerns that arise in the classroom.

The hope is to identify students who may be having difficulties in a variety of areas including:

  • Academics,
  • Interpersonal relationships,
  • Emotional concerns,
  • Challenges at home,
  • Finances, and/or
  • Co-curricular involvement.



Campus Resources

Here are some campus resources that may provide support to the student before referring them for an Early Alert.

If a student…

Campus Resources

Needs help with math

STEM Center

Needs help with writing a paper


Needs help with a specific subject

Learning Connection

Needs help with a presentation

Communication Lab

Is Overwhelmed/Stressed

Health Center or Counseling

Needs helps with course selection


To feel connected to campus

Special Programs, Student Life Office, or El Centro

Needs access to computer, printing, research


Needs help with bilingual services (Spanish)

El Centro

Early Alert Referrals

Communication Tips for Early Alert Referrals

  • Let the student know you will be referring them for an Early Alert
  • Approach students in a supportive manner
  • Ensure it is a safe space to communicate
  • Focus on things you have directly observed, showing curiosity and concern
  • Listen carefully
  • Do not make judgments or diagnoses
  • Invite students to identify what they think is preventing them from performing as well as they can
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Demonstrate respect for issues students show discomfort discussing
  • Offer the Early Alert referral if and when you feel that it is warranted

Possible Conversation Starters

  • “How are things going, I wanted to check in about______+?”
  • “I am concerned about you. I wanted to check in about _______.  I am wondering if you need support right now.”

If you feel a student will need more support, we encourage you to refer them for an Early Alert