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Welcome to the Starfish page for the RIT community! Within this site you will find an overview of the academic alert system, training documentation, and FAQ's. 

Fall 2181 Academic Progress Surveys*

Academic Progress survey 2181-1 will open at 7am on Monday September 17th and close at 11pm on Sunday October 7th. 

Academic Progress survey 2181-2 will open at 7am on Monday October 15th and close at 11pm on Sunday November 4th.

Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is Friday November 9, 2018.

All 2181 flags will be Cleared on Friday December 21st.

*You can send an academic alert at ANY point in the term by using the "Raise Flag" function.


Starfish Instructor Quick Guide

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Beyond the Alerts

The RIT Starfish newsletter that will provide updates about the system including system enhancements, user resources, and Starfish usage data. 

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Click on the image above to read the current issue

Academic Progress Report Information for Instructors: 

How to Complete an Academic Progress



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Starfish Faculty Quick Guide

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Starfish allows the course instructor to easily inform a student that they may be at-risk in specific areas within the course.


Advisors assigned to the student also receive notification of the instructors concern. Instructors and advisors can then take a coordinated approach to help students utilize campus resources and develop an action plan.



Academic Progress Report allows an instructor to send alerts related to different aspects of academic performance (attendance/participation, low assignments/tests scores, or multiple concerns).


Each topic identified as a concern will generate an automated


email that goes directly to the student. We ask that you:

  • Check only ONE box for the performance area of greatest concern
    • Indicate in the comment box any specifics about the alert, including your concerns related to the other performance areas.


    • (Please note: all comments and messages are stored in Starfish and are disclosable under FERPA.)
    • Selecting more than one box triggers separate emails to the student for each area of concern, resulting in multiple emails.


Summer 2198 Academic Progress Report Schedule*

Academic Progress Report 2198-1 

Open DateOpen TimeClose DateClose Time
RIT MainMonday, May 26, 20207am EDTSunday, June 7, 202011pm EDT
RIT DubaiSunday, May 24, 20207 am GSTSunday, May 31, 202011 pm GST
RIT CroatiaMonday, June 15, 20207 am CESTSunday, June 28, 202011pm CEST
RIT KosovoMonday, June 1, 2020Sunday, June 7, 2020

Academic Progress Report 2198-2

Open DateOpen TimeClose DateClose TimeLast Day to Withdraw
RIT Main- (12 Week)Monday, June 29, 20207am EDTSunday, July 12, 202011pm EDTMonday, July 20, 2020
RIT Main -
(6 week, 2nd Session)
Monday, July 6, 2020Sunday, July 19, 2020Wednesday, July 29, 2020

All 2198 flags will be Cleared on Monday, August 17, 2020.

*You can send an academic alert at ANY point in the term by using the "Raise Flag" function.

Training and Questions:

Training sessions will be offered through CPD on:


  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00om in CIMS 2160
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am in CIMS 2160


Other Resources:


We are continuously developing this site and information will be updated regularly; please check back frequently for the newest updates about academic alerts!