Course Warnings

Dear Colleagues,

Students should be placed on "warning" if they are currently earning a grade of "D" or "F," or if it is suspected that a student’s continued performance may result in a final grade of "D" or "F."   LIS has streamlined the  process for issuing course warnings this fall which is now linked to the course hub site. We appreciate this significant improvement in issuing these warnings to students and Commons Deans. 

We have made several improvements to this process, most importantly that academic advisors will now be emailed that their advisee has received a course warning.


Proceed as follows:

  • Go to the course hub site http://courses.middlebury.edu/ 
  • Log on via "My Semester Dashboard" o the left of the page. 
  • Click roster which will bring up every student in the course with their Commons affiliation and Commons Dean listed
  • Select the course warning option
  • You will then be directed to copy-paste the message body (and possibly the subject and To/CC addresses) into an email.

Many students who receive course warnings dramatically improve their performance in the class in which they have received the course warning. After you send a warning to a student, with a copy to the student’s commons dean, in most cases, the commons dean 1) discusses the matter with the student, 2) informs Learning Resources, 3) provides the student information about available resources, and 4) invites the student in for further follow-up. For students who receive more than one warning in two or more subjects, the dean also notifies the parents or guardians. An official course warning and a meeting with a dean have proven to be successful combinations in helping students improve their performance. 

If you prefer, the Course Warning Form may still be downloaded from here http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/269562/original/course_warning_notice.doc  Please include reasons the warning was issued. Some areas frequently listed of concern are:

                poor attendance

                low grade on assignments

                low grade on exam/midterm

                missing assignments

                does not participate in discussion

                hands in work late

Many thanks in advance for your efforts to give students feedback on their academic status.


Bob Cluss
Dean of Curriculum


Shirley Collado
Dean of the College