The Early Alerts Program is a program that allows faculty to enter alerts for students receiving a D/F/U in their courses for first-year seminars in Week 3 and for other courses beginning in Week 4 of each term. Early Alerts uses iAlert, a component of iAdvise, which is UIC's online platform to help students success by streamlining communication and integrating the advising community.

Alert information is provided to students so that they can take action to succeed. Alerts are provided advisors so that they may intervene with the student and assist the student in navigating through issues earlier in the term so that students can improve their performance in the course.

Early Alerts is administered in a select number of 000, 100, and 200-level courses.

Instructors can elect to participate in Early Alerts by contacting the staff of OAD at

The courses for which alerts are currently required are:

First-Year Seminars:
AHS 101
AHS 294
DLG 120
ED 151
EPSY 150
HON 101
ISA 100
KN 100
LAS 110
PUBH 105
UPA 120

ENGL 050 – ENGL 161
CHEM 101, CHEM 122, CHEM 124, and CHEM 232
MATH 090, MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 125, MATH 165, MATH 180, MATH 181, MATH 210, MATH 220, STAT 101
PHYS 141

Foreign Language courses:
CHIN 101 – CHIN 104
FR 101 – FR 104
ITAL 101 – ITAL 104
GER 101 – GER 104
JPN 101 – JPN 104
KOR 101 – KOR 104
LING 150, 160, and 170
POL 101 – POL 104
RUSS 101 – RUSS 104
SPAN 101 – 104
SPAN 113 and SPAN 114

First-Year Writing Program Alerts (ENGL 050 – ENGL 161) and Foreign Language are entered starting in Week 4 of each term and must be entered by the Monday of Week 5. Alerts are now sent through iAlert in real time to students and advisors. Once completed, alerts reports are sent to advising administrators.

For specific courses, such as PHYS 141, MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 125, MATH 165, MATH 180, CHEM 101, CHEM 122, CHEM 123, CHEM 124, CHEM 125, and CHEM 232, alerts are actually administered based upon the results of the first examination in those courses and are sent to students and advisors in Week 6 and 7 based upon the scheduling of the first examination.

Our Information for Faculty page provides links to entering alerts and more extensive downloadable information regarding how to enter alerts, the purpose of alerts, and the timeline for intervention.

Information for Advisors is available and provides information on the purpose of alerts, information on how instructors enter alerts, and what to expect once alerts are processed and sent to advisors.

OPEN SESSIONS for entering Alerts in iAdvise

We have some open training sessions for instructors and advisors (all in UH 2710):

  • Monday, February 3, 2-3pm
  • Wednesday, February 5, 10-11am
  • Friday, February 7, 9-10am
  • Tuesday, February 11, 10-11am
  • Wednesday, February 12, 1:30-2:30pm