What is an RA?
For many students, their RA will be the most important link to the university while in the residence halls. An RA's helpfulness, empathy, interest, and concern will be seen as a reflection of the spirit of cooperation among the residents. As a role model, RAs have the responsibility to portray a positive image and attitude. An RA's presence in the hall as a mature, responsible student and adult is the central point around which all other facets of the job revolve. Lastly, the position of an RA is a job and should be prioritized as such.
As a member of the Student Services division, RAs strive to foster a climate that nurtures diversity and promotes a learning environment that stimulates debate and free inquiry within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect for all. We communicate the knowledge that ALL students' presence and contributions are of great value. We seek to learn as we lead and collaborate with all members of our University community.
What does an RA do?
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but RA responsibilities include:
- Develop floor and hall communities through programming, advising residents, peer counseling, and regular interactions with their residents.
- Develop leadership on the floor, which includes getting residents involved with Leadership Council, Residence Hall Association (RHA), and other leadership groups.
- Provide for a safe community through a duty and desk coverage on weekdays and weekends.
- Be familiar with and enforce residence hall policies.
- Respond to and assist with crises such as fire alarms, power outages, safety and maintenance concerns, and other emergencies.
- Attend staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and complete other administrative duties.
- Act as an advisor and peer counselor to students; and make appropriate referrals to campus resources.
- This position should not routinely require more than twenty hours per week.
Minimum Job Requirements
- A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher throughout employment
- Students employed are expected to maintain 30 credits of coursework per academic year or average 15 credits per semester
- Enrollment in over 17 credits is available with approval
- Must be available two weeks (Fall) and one week (Spring) prior to opening the halls for training and preparation
- Must be able to remain in the halls for up to two days after the halls close at the end of each semester
- Due to live-in demands of the RA position, any outside employment/involvement requires written approval
- Outside employment may not exceed more than 10 hours per week and must not interfere with your on-duty or academic requirement
Compensation (Total Package Value of $9,200)
- Each RA will be furnished a room (Depending on building/room assignment, students employed may be assigned a roommate), utilities, and their choice of meal plan.
- Please note that meals are only available when dining operations are open.
- RAs will receive a partial tuition waiver ($14 a credit for up to 15 credits) after two semesters of employment.
Please understand that your RA compensation may interfere with any financial aid you may receive. It is your responsibility to consult the Financial Aid Office.