Early Alert System
What is Early Alert?
- Early Alert is a system that allows your instructor to identify students who are presenting patterns that may lead to academic difficulty in their courses. The faculty member is able to partner with other campus resources/professionals in order to provide proactive assistance to students so that they are able to succeed in all courses. Early alert is designed to help faculty members reach out to students when other methods have been unsuccessful.
- If you feel that you are not doing as well as you could, we encourage you to reach out to your instructor for that course(s) as early as possible to begin a discussion on ways that you could improve.
How does Early Alert help the student?
- When a student is referred, the instructor is able to partner with other KSU professionals to assist students to identify issues before they hinder the student's ability to continue in their coursework. This process could include referrals to appropriate resources, discussing other available options or one-on-one academic skill building workshops.
- Early Alert is not a bad thing and does not necessarily mean that you are failing. In most cases, it is an early opportunity to resolve a known or unknown concern that may have an effect on your academic success.
What to do when you've received an Early Alert?
- Do not panic, your instructors want the best for you so they partner with other members of KSU staff (advisors, RHD, etc) to help you succeed.
- Respond back to whoever contacted you about the referral.
- Visit your professor during his/her office hours or after class to discuss your performance in that class.
- Talk to your Academic Advisor and/or RHD about the issue(s) so that they can help you devise a resolution. Our professionals at Kent State have the experience and know-how to guide you throughout your college career.
How to stay on top of your academics?
- Always communicate with your instructors
- If you are going to be absent, let the instructor know.
- If you don't understand the material, visit your professor during office hours for assistance.
- Visit your advisors, they can help you pick the classes that will be most appropriate for you and your major, help you find resources for academic success, etc.
Faculty members can access the Early Alert System through FlashLine using your KSU e-mail username and password.
- Click on Faculty/Advisor Tools tab
- Click on Early Alert System link in the Faculty Toolbox area under "Courses, Rosters and Schedules"
- Follow the instructions to submit
The Early Alert System is available for faculty and staff during the fall and spring semesters to identify areas of academic concern for undergraduate students. The system is designed to provide faculty and staff with a way to connect with campus constituents in order to best support students in these areas:
- Difficulty comprehending course material
- Poor performance on exams or assignments
- Poor class attendance
- Missing assignments
The Early Alert System is not an appropriate method of communication for concerns regarding student's mental health or safety.
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of an individual or the safety of others, please call 9-1-1.
Mental health resources are available for faculty and staff members through the Step Up Speak Out initiative.
If a student is experiencing difficulties and you think they may benefit from a referral to a mental health professional you may consult with or refer the student to:
- Psychological Services in the DeWeese Health Center (330-672-2487)
- The Counseling and Human Development Center through the College of Education, Health and Human Services in White Hall (330-672-2208)
- The Psychological Clinic through the Department of Psychology in Kent Hall (330-672-2372)
Psychological Services is the primary counseling unit for students on campus but the other two clinics are options as well; the other two clinics are not set up to assist students in crisis.
If you are concerned about a student's behavior beyond traditional work hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm) and feel someone should talk with the student at that time, call 330-672-2212 (non-emergency number for KSU Police) to report the behavior and an officer will follow up.