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Who should be referred to SupportNet?  Watch for the following signs in students:

  • Excessive class absences
  • Poor academic performance
  • Inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior
  • Low engagement in the classroom
  • At risk of not passing the course
  • Not meeting classroom expectations
  • Repeatedly submitting work late or not turning in assignments

How to refer students to SupportNet?

To issue an alert and refer a student to SupportNet:

  1. Log into My Fresno State > Select BULLDOG CONNECT from the main menu
  2. Select "Issue Alert" button
  3. Complete the form by selecting an alert reason and comments if necessary
  4. Select Submit

We strongly encourage faculty to talk with students ahead of time before referring them to SupportNet.

What Happens When a Student Has Been Referred?

  • SupportNet will conduct outreaches to students to schedule an appointment.  
  • If the outreach attempts are unsuccessful or the student declines services, a notification through Bulldog Connect will be sent to you.

SupportNet Process

In-Class Workshops & Presentations

SupportNet staff are also available for classroom presentations and workshops. Please complete the electronic form (link below) to make a request with SupportNet.

Faculty FAQ

Referrals are accepted from university faculty and staff; however, students are encouraged to self-refer if they feel they will benefit from SupportNet services.

Student referrals are accepted at any point during the semester. Referring students early in the semester allows SupportNet staff to establish a Student Action Plan with the student so that they can achieve their maximum potential for the semester. Those students referred at the end of the semester will work with a SupportNet advisor on establishing a Student Action Plan for the following semester.

A notification from Bulldog Connect will be sent to you if a student declines services or outreach attempts to the student were not successful.  

Faculty are encouraged to include information about SupportNet in their course syllabus as well as announce their participation in class. SupportNet staff can also provide short presentations about services provided to classes.  Requests for classroom presentations can be made to or by calling 559.278.8370.  Further, information will also be provided in the General Catalog as well as during Dog Days. We recommend this syllabus statement:

"Our campus has developed SupportNet to connect students with specific campus resources promoting academic success. I have agreed to participate in this program and may refer you to it if I believe you need the services provided by SupportNet to succeed in this course."


Faculty are encouraged to notify the student about the referral. In addition, students receive an email and/or phone call from SupportNet staff regarding their referral.

Yes. If a student continues to demonstrate a need for academic or personal support, faculty are encouraged to refer students again.

Once a referral is generated, SupportNet will complete the following:

1.  Call students to provide an opportunity to schedule an appointment.

2.  Follow up with an email students have not responded.

3.  Two weeks after the referral and the student has not responded, students will receive a text message from SupportNet.

During the initial meeting, a SupportNet Academic Coach and the student will discuss the reason for the referral. The student and Academic Coach then design a Student Action Plan to set the student on the path to success. In addition, a SupportNet Academic Coach helps the student improve their time management skills and/or other study strategies. Other campus resources that are available to support students may also be recommended.

Maintaining confidentiality is important to the SupportNet staff. Only the referring faculty/staff member, SupportNet staff, advisor, and any campus resources the student has been referred to will know of your referral. In addition, SupportNet has permission to obtain information regarding student grades and class progress under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 34 CFR Part 99 (

SupportNet will promote a higher level of student engagement, with more motivated students who make better decisions related to their academic life. Engaged students are more likely to meet the course expectations set by instructors. Teaching students who demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and to be active members of the University community should produce a more satisfying and highly stimulating classroom environment for students and instructors alike.