First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

First-Year Intervention Options

Whether a student in your FYE 1220 or 1410 course is having academic difficulty or shows signs of disturbing behavior, there are multiple paths to get the student the help he or she needs and simultaneously alert others on campus who may be able to assist. Please see below for a list of intervention options and suggestions for when each option should be used.

Submit an Academic Alert

Academic Alerts alerts are intended to give first-year students official notice that their performance in a course is not satisfactory at a time that’s early enough for them to realistically make significant improvement. Submitting an unsatisfactory academic alert triggers a My GeorgiaSouthern pop-up to students informing them of the unsatisfactory alert and actions they can take to improve academic performance.

Since academic alerts are meant to be a warning that student behavior needs to change, submit an academic alert at the first sign of academic difficulty. A single missed assignment or unsatisfactory grade, poor attendance or poor participation each warrant an unsatisfactory early alert.  Faculty can begin submitting early alerts on the first day of classes all the way up until the week before the final day to withdraw. For more information about academic alerts, including who gets them and how to submit, click here.

Submit a Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) Referral

For concerns that are not classroom performance based, you may wish to submit a Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) referral. Convened by the Dean of Students, BAT includes members from University Housing, Student Conduct, the Counseling Center, the Provost’s office, First-Year Experience, SDRC and Legal Affairs.  BAT meets regularly to assess and create action plans for students or student groups who present disturbing behavior in our community. Often, you won’t be the only person concerned about a student, and BAT serves as a way to way to coordinate information from various places on campus. Incidents may include (but are not limited to):

  • Violations of the Student Conduct Code
  • Violations of law
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Abuse of alcohol or other drugs
  • Classroom disruptions
  • Drastic change in behavior/hygiene

You can submit a form to BAT through this link. After referring a student to the BAT, a member of the BAT may contact you for further information if necessary. However, in most cases the information will be kept confidential and you may not be notified of the action plan initiated by the BAT.

Contact First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience can serve as a sounding board if you need advice on how to handle a student issue or want to get help for a student who’s having academic difficulty in your course but doesn’t show up on your early alert list. Contact Alicia Spence with your questions or concerns at or 912-478-2327.

Last updated: 8/14/2017

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