The Early Alert Project is a university-wide collaborative effort designed to support student learning by identifying and warning students who may be in danger of failing one or more courses.

Early in the semester, faculty are asked to identify undergraduate students in their classes who may be in danger of failing as well as the reason for their concern. Alerts may be issued for excessive absences, trouble with subject matter, not completing assignments, and writing deficiencies.

Early Alerts are not grades but rather a means for faculty to communicate to students that a change is necessary and to activate outreach of additional resources that can support students’ learning. Students who receive an alert should arrange to meet with their professors to understand why the alert was issued and the best way to address the concerns.

To learn more about Early Alert, please contact Orla Downey at or 617-573-8099.


  • How do I see if a professor has issued an Early Alert for me?

    You’ll receive an email indicating that an Early Alert has been issued and instructing you to access MySuffolk for more details. There, you will learn which of your professors has submitted your name and for what reasons.

    The meanings of the codes below indicate the reasons why your professor believes you may not pass the course:

    EA: Excessive Absences from Class
    NC: Not completing Assigned Work
    TS: Trouble with Subject Matter/Course Content
    WD: Deficiencies in Writing Skills
    SL: Difficulties with English as a Second Language
    L: Has Never Attended Class


  • Why did I receive an Early Alert? I am doing fine.

    This question demonstrates the purpose of Early Alert. Sometimes students' expectations and perceptions differ from their professors. Early Alerts are not a grade but a way for your professor to voice a warning and concern. Speak to your professor immediately to seek clarification.
  • If I didn't receive an Early Alert, can I assume that I am performing adequately in all of my class?

    Not necessarily. While many professors participate in Early Alert, not all of them do. It is your responsibility to monitor your progress in your courses.

  • How to use Early Alert

    Everyone at the university has a vested interest in students doing well in their courses. Early Alerts are provided as a service to students. They are not official grades. We want students to do well in their courses and we offer Early Alerts as a warning that a change is necessary. For students not sure of what changes they need to make, it is imperative that they have a conversation with a professor or an advisor.


  • Is there anyone that can help me manage this?

    Yes! Academic coaches are available to help you navigate this process. Appointments can be made by calling the CLAS at (617) 573-8235 or in person at our center, located in the 73 Tremont building, library, second level.