Student Success Resources

You are encouraged to incorporate these academic support resources into your teaching and to refer students to utilize the services available for their academic success.

Huskie Alerts

The Huskie alerts provide faculty with a way to let student services staff know if you have concerns about a student in your course due to poor academic progress, low engagement or absenteeism. By issuing an alert, you begin a process that allows us to intervene with students early and help provide them with the support that they may need to be successful. There are two ways you can get to an alert:

  1. Click on the “Issue an Alert” link on the Institution Page on Blackboard under “Resource for Flexible Teaching”
  2. Go directly to the Navigate home page and log in, find the student and issue an alert. This guide will help walk you through this process.

Tutoring and Writing Support

  • ACCESS provides virtual tutoring throughout the semester for students in a variety of courses. Students can sign up for a tutor online at a time that is convenient.
  • The Writing Center offers virtual writing support including help with essays, organization, grammar and punctuation. Students can sign up for writing support online at a time that is convenient.
  • The CEET Tutoring Center offers virtual tutoring and on-demand video solutions for math and engineering courses.

Learning Resources

  • Learning Commons in the Founders Memorial Library is providing virtual services on the Student Learning Services portal. This trifecta of services complements each other, from research help (libraries) to writing help and tutoring. Additional, the Learning Commons provides instruction, mentoring, community, and engagement through programming, individual consultation services, instruction, and collaborations.

Personal Support

  • The Center for Student Assistance is a hub for general student questions and concerns. The provide legal and housing services, support for food insecurity, and emergency funding for short term circumstances exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Counseling and Consultation Services if providing telehealth for students experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety or general emotional health.
  • Disability Resource Center provides support to students with disabilities who may need accommodations or personal assistance.
  • Northwestern Medicine Student Health Center at NIU provides general medical support and accepts most insurance plans.
  • Office of the Ombudsperson is a confidential, neutral, informal, and independent resource for conflict resolution/prevention, and to help navigate issues of process and procedure. The Ombudsperson is the place to go when you don’t know what to do next. Common student issues we help to address include grade appeals, concerns regarding faculty or work supervisors, interpersonal concerns, discrimination, financial concerns, sexual misconduct, etc.


  • The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is providing grant funding for undergraduate research and community engagement and will soon release a website that helps students find opportunities for engagement throughout campus and in the local community.
  • OASIS is the hub for student organizations and students can find out more information about how to get involved by visiting Huskie Link.
  • Career Services offers a variety of virtual services from networking events, to virtual career fairs, to resume support and interview help and meet and greets with alumni from diverse fields.
  • Orientation and First Year Programs is offering a variety of activities through the First-Year Success Series including virtual programming on financial literacy and academic planning along with virtual resource fairs and other exciting events!
  • The Social Justice Education team in Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is providing tons of engaging programming including a podcast series aligned with this year’s Common Read, “When they Call You a Terrorist”.

Get Help

Center for Innovative
Teaching and Learning

Phone: 815-753-0595

Back to top