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Early Alert

Your success as a student depends above all on your own response to the opportunities and responsibilities that the university environment provides. The University of Guelph-Humber is committed to supporting you in your intellectual development and responding to your individual needs. To this end, we have put an Early-Alert in place to support you in reaching your personal and academic goals. At the same time, however, as a student here, you are responsible for your progression and your academic success.  

What is Early-Alert?

The Early Alert system is designed to help support student success by identifying students who are at risk of failing their classes early in the semester. The Early Alert system enables Instructors and Academic Advising to work together to assist students with their academic difficulties and provides a solid support system for the student.  

When Is an Early Alert Submitted?

Instructors can submit an Early Alert when they notice that a student may be facing difficulties and may require additional support. Early Alerts are submitted using a secure online form. Examples of potential reasons why an instructor may submit an Early Alert include:

  • Performing poorly academically
  • Chronically absent or disengaged from studies and class activity
  • Seemingly isolated
  • Exhibiting signs of distress

The Early Alert system allows for instructors to notify your academic advisor that they are concerned about your success in the course and want to help you.

How Are Students Notified That They Are At-Risk?

Your assigned academic advisor will receive this notification, and send you an email asking you to meet with them. Please do not ignore these emails, as both your instructor(s) and your advisor want and can help you. The sooner you work with your instructor(s) and advisor, the more likely you will be successful in your classes by the end of the semester. 

How Can Academic Advisors Help?

As your advisor, we want to help clear the path for you. We want to talk about what challenges you are facing (both academic and non-academic), and connect you with resources that promote self-awareness, accountability and academic achievement. Many of these resources can reduce or eliminate the stress you are experiencing to help you better focus on your studies. 

Understanding your academic future is imperative in completing your educational goals. We want to be able to discuss with you your goals, and develop a plan that will help you be successful. In addition, we want to be sure you are aware of how failing grades can affect your Academic Standing. For more information regarding Academic Standing, please go to the following link:

What Are Some Benefits to Students?

If students actively participate in this process and work with their instructors and advisors, they may see:

  • Increased success
  • A positive self-image
  • Progress toward academic, and career goals
  • Exposure to and development of academic and personal tools for success
  • A higher chance of passing your courses 

How Can Students Avoid Becoming At-Risk?

Speak with your instructors first! Your faculty want to see you succeed. Your assigned academic advisor is another advocate in your corner. Reach out to your advisor to schedule an advising appointment to discuss your options. To schedule an appointment please visit