Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Early Alert?
Early Alerts are proactive ways to contribute to an informed and safe community. There are two types of Early Alerts: one is for academic concerns, and one is for worrisome or threatening behavior. An Early Alert for academics is typically most useful for faculty members. Submitting an Early Alert is a way to express care about the campus and about others. Submissions help students attain success through early intervention; submissions may also direct potential threats to the Whitworth Threat Assessment Team. This is a proactive way to contribute to an informed and safe community. Submitting an Early Alert shows that you care about the campus and about others.
Who can submit an Early Alert?
Students, staff and faculty.
What qualifies as a reason to submit an Early Alert?
We encourage people to submit an Early Alert when someone needs support beyond what you can offer. We also encourage people to err on the side of over-communicating through Early Alerts; it’s possible our team already has information regarding a student’s well-being, and the information you have can help form a more complete picture of what the student needs and how we can best support them.
What if the situation is an emergency?
In any emergency, even on campus, 911 should be your first call. Non-emergency campus security matters should be reported to the Whitworth Security Office, at 509.777.4444.
How can I help?
Submitting an Early Alert will help campus community members reach out to students in need of support and will help connect students to resources. Remember, Pirates keep an eye out for each other.
Will I be contacted?
Upon submitting an Early Alert, you can choose the level of contact and follow-up with which you're comfortable. You can choose to be involved directly with the person or to report the situation anonymously.