Early Alert - Home

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About the Early Alert Team

The Penn State Scranton Early Alert Team is a cross-functional team that receives referrals related to students exhibiting concerning behaviors, assesses the referral, and coordinates intervention strategies and outreach. 

Students can be referred to the Early Alert Team for concerns related to observable behavior such as the following:

  • Excessive absences from class
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Emotional or mental health issues
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Threats to self or others
  • Significant financial concerns, homelessness, hunger
  • Witness an incident
  • Family or relationship concerns

Faculty and Staff 

Faculty and staff are often the front-line individuals able to identify students in need of support before anyone else.  Please use the referral form to make the Early Alert team aware of a student who you suspect may be in need of academic, health, or social intervention.  You can also utilize this referral form to report an incident that occurred during a classroom or office interaction.

If your concern is related to academic performance, please raise a flag via the Starfish system in addition to your referral to the Early Alert team. 

Peers and Family Members

Friends and family members often observe changes in students’ behavior long before faculty or staff.  If you have observed a concerning behavior with a student, please complete the referral form.  The Early Alert team works collaboratively with support services across campus and in the community to provide guidance to students and address the issues of concern.


Referrals to the Early Alert team can be made in person or via phone call to any member of the care team, or by completing the online referral form.