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Overview of First Alert

First Alert is an early warning system aimed at promoting student success. It allows faculty to report concerns about students’ academic performance, and, at the same time, to inform students of support structures available to them before the problem becomes worse. It is based on the premise that early feedback (and, in appropriate cases: intervention) is key to student success.

Reasons to File a First Alert

A faculty member might file a First Alert if a student has poor attendance, patterns of failing to submit work (or submitting incomplete assignments), low or failing exam grades, overall performance that does not meet academic standards, and/or concerns indicative of students who may be at risk of jeopardizing their academic success such as poor attitude or disruptive behavior.

Once a First Alert is Filed

Once a First Alert is filed by a faculty member, an email is automatically generated and sent to the student and his/her advisor with the notification. This email outlines the nature of the issue or concern and provides students with a list of support services available to help. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor to discuss these concerns and develop a plan for success. The Academic Support Center serves as a valuable resource to students as well as the Academic Advisor.