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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. 

Spring 2185 Academic Progress Surveys*

Academic Progress survey 2185-1 will open at 7am on Monday February 4th and close at 11pm on Sunday February 24th. 

Academic Progress survey 2185-2 will open at 7am on Monday  March 4th and close at 11pm on Sunday March 31st (includes RIT Spring Break).

Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is Friday April 5, 2019.

All 2185 flags will be Cleared on Monday May 13, 2019.

*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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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.


Spring 2195 Academic Progress Report Schedule*

Academic Progress Report 2195-1 

Open DateOpen TimeClose DateClose Time
RIT MainMonday, February 3, 20207am ESTSunday, February 23, 202011pm EST
RIT Dubai
RIT Croatia
RIT KosovoMonday, February 10, 20207am CETSunday, February 23, 202011pm CEST

Academic Progress Report 2195-2

Open DateOpen TimeClose DateClose TimeLast Day to Withdraw
RIT MainMonday, March 2, 20207am ESTSunday, March 29, 202011pm EDTFriday, April 3, 2020
RIT DubaiThursday, March 26, 2020
RIT CroatiaFriday, April 3, 2020
RIT KosovoMonday, March 9, 20207am CETSunday, March 29, 202011pm CESTFriday, April 3, 2020

All 2195 flags will be Cleared on Monday, May 11, 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
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm in CIMS 2160
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm in CIMS 2160
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am in CIMS 2160
  • Please register at:

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!