Escalate an Item

Bring any Item to the attention of a specific user, team, or Location.

Two Line OfieREQUIRED: The Escalation Module must be enabled for your organization and Escalation must be enabled on your Item to perform the functions on this support page. Reach out to your Customer Success Manager to enable Escalation.

Escalations are put in place to efficiently move issues up to a higher level to solve a problem and to ensure everyone understands the scope of their own authority through a clear process.

Who can escalate an Item?

To escalate an Item, you must have permission to view and edit it.

Only the following people can view an Item:

  • Anyone on the Item's Team.
  • Potentially anyone on the parent's Team.
  • If the Item is not private and not in the New status, anyone with the "View" permission for Items in its Location(s).
  • If the Item is private, anyone with the "View Private" permission for Items in its Location(s).
  • If the Item is in the New status and is not private, anyone with the "View New" permission for Items in its Location(s).

Only the following people can edit an Item:

  • Anyone on the Item's Team except for Followers or Participants.
  • Anyone with the "Edit" permission for Items in this Location(s).
  • Anyone with the "Assign" permission for Items in this Location(s).

Two Line OfieFor more information on Team Roles (like Authors, Facilitators, Participants, and more!) check out this article.


Anyone with the "Escalation Administrator" permission for Items in this Location will be able to escalate or deescalate to or from any of the Escalation Tiers that are configured on this Item.

Escalate an Item

Two Line OfieEscalation is highly customizable. Certain options may not be enabled or may be grayed out based on your permissions or an Escalation Tier's configuration. If you need help troubleshooting, reach out to your Customer Success Manager.

To escalate an Item, open the Item with which you want to work, then:

  • Click Actions in the top right corner of the page.

An Item work panel with an arrow pointing to the Actions button

  • Click Escalate in the resulting drop-down menu and the Item's "Escalate" window will open.
  • Reason for Escalation (required): Enter an explanation as to why you're escalating the Item. The explanation will be added to the Item as a comment.
  • Escalate To: Expand the drop-down to choose to which tier you want to escalate this Item. These tiers have been configured by your organization so they'll be unique to your organization, but there are three types: Location Tiers, Role Tiers, and User Tiers.
    • Location Tiers: Escalate the Item to a particular Location (or Locations). This won't transfer the Item to that Location; it just lets people there know that the Item needs their attention.
      • Location(s): Use this field to search for and select the Location(s) to which this Item should be escalated. The presence and default selection is determined by the Escalation Tier's configuration. If the Escalation Tier has been configured such that your Item must be escalated to a particular Location, this field will be grayed out and uneditable.
    • User Tiers: Escalate the Item to a particular user (or users). This won't affect the Item's Team; it just lets that person know that the Item needs their attention.
      • User(s): Use this field to search for and select the user(s) to which this Item should be escalated. The presence and default selection is determined by the Escalation Tier's configuration. If the Escalation Tier has been configured such that your Item must be escalated to a particular user, this field will be grayed out and uneditable.
    • Role Tiers: Escalate the Item to a system Role. This won't affect the Item's Team; it just lets people with that Role know that the Item needs their attention.
      • Role(s): Use this field to search for and select the Role(s) to which this Item should be escalated. The presence and default selection is determined by the Escalation Tier's configuration. If the Escalation Tier has been configured such that your Item must be escalated to a particular Role, this field will be grayed out and uneditable.
  • Click Escalate. Team members and people who asked to be notified about escalated Items will be immediately notified, and a flag will be added to this Item showing who escalated the Item, when, and to which Escalation Tier.

Two Line OfiePRO TIP: If an Item has already been escalated, you may be able to escalate it further by clicking Escalate or deescalate it by clicking Deescalate within the flag, depending on your permissions and the Escalation Tier's configuration.

An Item work panel with the Escalation Flag marked in red