Academic Difficulty Notices

An Academic Difficulty Notice (ADN) is an important "early warning system" that:

  • Monitors the progress of students in their enrolled courses.
  • Facilitates students in receiving early feedback on course performance. The ADN grades are for informational and advising purposes. They do not impact academic standing, grade point average, nor official transcripts.
  • Informs students and faculty advisors of a grade of a C- or below, along with a reason for the grade assigned.
  • Assists faculty and staff in advising students to improve academic behavior or withdraw before the deadline.
  • Provides students and faculty advisors with information to make informed decisions concerning course selection.
  • Communicates with students whose ADN grade(s) is/are below their expectations and/or academic/financial aid requirements and encourages them to meet with their professors and faculty advisors about steps for improvement.



  • The request for faculty reports occurs approximately one month after the semester begins and remains open until the last day to withdraw with a grade of "W" from a course.
  • Notices are distributed to students daily via their Cal Lutheran email account during this time up until the last day to withdraw for the semester.

Important things to consider

  • We send emails to students for every ADN submission. This email includes information regarding campus resources that students can utilize to help improve their class performance or make informed decisions about their academic future.
  • We will make additional outreach to students who have multiple notices. Keep in mind that not all students will respond to these notifications and that it is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a course.
  • All course withdrawals must be in-person at the Registrar's Office. Withdrawals will be reflected as a grade of "W" on students' official transcripts. In the event a withdrawal is processed, the student is still financially responsible for tuition and fees.
  • Not all faculty report; therefore the student is encouraged to use the course syllabus to calculate grades and/or meet with instructors during office hours.
  • ADNs are automatically posted on the Parent Portal. They are viewable to authorized account holders. The release of information and access granted for the Parent Portal are narrowly defined and limited. Additional FERPA release is required to discuss additional student information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Student Success at (805) 493-3260 or email Erashel Vaiz at