Purple Alert

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Purple Alert?

Purple Alert is an early warning retention system designed to help students find the support they need.

Who submits a Purple Alert?

Faculty, staff, student leaders, anyone with direct contact with students.

Who should a Purple Alert be about?

Purple Alert is primarily intended for first-year students, but alerts may be submitted on any student regardless of class level.

Why should I send a Purple Alert?

First year students are juggling a lot as they make the transition to college. By identifying issues early, we can help students correct smaller problems before they become too large to tackle. Some behaviors that may trigger an alert include:

  • excessive absences
  • low test or quiz scores
  • not completing homework
  • lack of participation
  • change in demeanor
  • seems withdrawn
  • lacks motivation
  • other students are concerned

What happens after I send a Purple Alert?

One of the Student Success Coaches will reach out to the student and help direct them to resources and services that will help address the student's issues.

Is Purple Alert punishment?

No! The purpose of Purple Alert is to help students be successful and utilize the numerous resources available to them.

Is Purple Alert anonymous?

Our research has shown that Purple Alerts are more effective if they are not anonymous. We encourage you to talk to students to let them know you are worried about their success and that you will submit a Purple Alert. However, if you are uncomfortable having that conversation, we will do our best to keep the alert anonymous. Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to a student about an alert:

  • Refrain from being judgmental.
  • State your concerns clearly and specifically.
  • Be positive! Remember Purple Alert is designed to help students and not punish them.
  • Show that you care about the student's success.
  • Remind the student that his or her Success Coach will make contact.