Early Alert Referral

Communication Tips for Early Alert Referrals

  • Let 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


  • “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.”