Center for Student Success

Academic Difficulty Notices
for Traditional Undergraduate Programs


Academic Difficulty Notices are an important "Early Warning System" that the University uses to:

  • Monitor the progress of students in the classes in which they are enrolled.
  • Inform the student and Faculty Advisor of a mid-semester grade of a C- or below, along with a reason for the grade assigned.
  • Assist the Faculty and staff in advising the student to improve academic behavior or withdraw before the deadline.
  • Provide the student and Faculty Advisor with information to make informed decisions concerning class selection.


  • The request for faculty reports occurs approximately between the 7th and 9th weeks of the semester.
  • Academic Difficulty Notices are distributed to students daily via their California Lutheran email account during this time up until the last day to withdraw for the semester.


Important things to consider regarding Academic Difficulty Notices (ADNs)

  • The Center for Student Success sends emails to students for every ADN submission. This email includes information regarding resources that students can utilize to help improve their class performance or make informed decisions about their academic future
  • The Center for Student Success will make additional outreach to students who have multiple ADNs. Keep in mind that not all students will respond to their 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. A withdrawal will be reflected as a grade of "W" on the student's 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 syllabus to calculate a mid-semester grade and/or meet with the instructor during office hours.
  • ADN are automatically posted on the Parent Portal and 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