What is Early Alert?
The Early Alert Program supports student learning by identifying
students who may be at risk of academic difficulty or failure.
How did I get referred?
A professor or advisor noticed you might need additional
assistance outside of class and submitted an online referral
form to Early Alert for a number of reasons, to include, but not
- Excessive/unexplained absences
- Missed assignments or exams
- Habitual tardiness
- Low quiz and test grades
- Unprepared or disengaged with class discussions
- Classroom behavioral problems
- Evidence of weak study skills
- Health concerns
- Concern that student is struggling to balance work, family
and school commitments
- Potential isolation from other students
What is the process and who is involved?
After a referral is received, you will receive an
letter from Early Alert encouraging you to meet with your
academic advisor and the person who made the referral. The
Student Success coordinator may also recommend an appointment
with the learning center to discuss academic services and other
campus resources. The intervention may vary depending on the
circumstances reported. In some instances, a referral is brought
to the Student Success Committee.
What is the Student Success Committee?
The Student Success Committee meets regularly to collect
relevant information from key campus departments so that a
course of action can be developed to best address a student's
needs. It includes the:
- dean of students
- director of admissions
- learning center director
- disability support services coordinator
- director of service and diversity
- assistant dean of student financial services
- residence life director
- First Year Seminar director
Academic advisors are always notified and invited to attend
these meetings when one of their advisees is scheduled for
discussion. Other university personnel may be asked to attend
when appropriate. In accordance with the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
information is shared on a need-to-know basis and does not
become part of a student's permanent record.
What resources are available to me?
Explore the various campus resources linked to this page to
learn more about the important services they provide. You can
also contact the Early
Alert/Student Success Program or the Student Success
Does a referral mean I’m failing a class?
Receiving a referral does not necessarily mean you are failing a
class. You could have been referred for a number of reasons.
Speak directly to your course instructor to clarify the reason
for the referral and to get a better idea of where you stand in
Can you explain the difference between Early
Alert/Student Success and academic probation?
It is important that each student is aware of the implications
of academic probation and understands that receiving an Early
Alert referral does not mean you are on probation! An easy way
to understand the difference is to think of Early Alert as an
early intervention program that helps keep you off academic
probation. If you are already on probation, the program asks
your professors to report periodically on your academic progress
to the learning center. For details about what it means to be on
academic probation, please refer to the
SMU Academic Catalog (page 73). To understand how
probationary status can affect your financial aid, please review
Satisfaction Academic Progress Policy.
Can I refer myself?
Absolutely! Call 360-486-8823 or e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who take the initiative
to ask for help are already on the right track! We can help you
develop a plan and get you connected with the appropriate campus
or community resources.