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Instructors and advisors (faculty, academic, and support) can add comments to flags that have been raised.  Information appropriate for a comment includes updates about the students performance in the course, a recap of a meeting with a student about the flag and/or any additional information related to the flag.  When adding comments, instructors and advisors are encouraged to address the comment directly to the student and send the student a copy of it (see below for instructions on how to send to the student).
IMPORTANT: Information entered in the Starfish system is disclosable under FERPA. If a student requests to view their educational record, information from the Starfish system may be requested.

  1. Access Starfish through: 
    1. myCourses by clicking the 'Access Early Alert' link or 
    2. SIS by clicking the blue Starfish button in your faculty/advisor center 
  2. Click the arrow next to Students in the top navigation
  3. Select the Tracking tab

  4. Search by Student or your Connection to the student
    1. Hover your cursor over the blue flag icon by the alert you want to choose, the Flag Menu will appear
    2. Select Comment (Do not use the Edit Flag function)

  5. Enter appropriate subject and note
    1. Should be clear, supportive, and specific to the alert
    2. Avoid evaluative language

  6. Check the appropriate box(es) to indicate who should be copied on the communication (communication will be emailed directly to those indicated) 
  7. Click Submit and the comment will be added to the flag and emails will be sent to those selected

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