Resident Assistant Position Requirements


  • RAs are required to live on campus, in their assigned space, during their employment.
  • RAs are required to sign a housing agreement and pay the $200.00 deposit.
  • RA applicants must live at least one semester in the residence halls prior to employment. 


  • Individuals will be allowed to participate in the Resident Assistant selection process if they have at least a 2.00 QPA at end of the fall 2017 semester.
  • Applicants offered a Resident Assistant position must have at least a 2.20 QPA at the end of the spring 2018 semester to be eligible for employment the following fall 2018 semester. Failure to achieve a 2.20 QPA at this time will result in revocation of an employment offer.
  • Individuals must have a 2.20 QPA in order to be selected midyear for an RA vacancy.
  • Individuals must maintain a 2.20 or higher QPA to remain employed as a Resident Assistant. If his or her cumulative QPA drops below a 2.20 during the period of employment, the staff member will go on probation for one semester with the understanding that he or she must achieve a cumulative 2.20 QPA at the end of the probationary semester to retain the position.
  • If a Resident Assistant achieves a 1.50 QPA or lower for two consecutive semesters, they will be dismissed from the position, even if his or her cumulative QPA is a 2.20 or higher.

Student Conduct

  • RAs are members of the Residence Life staff and serve as representatives of the University in the residence halls for which they have responsibilities. Therefore, RAs and candidates seeking an RA position are expected to understand, support, and adhere to the University Code of Conduct outlined in the Swataney. Though not immediately disqualifying, violations of code of conduct will be taken into consideration when selecting candidates to interview and hire for open positions. 

Resident Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

Resident Assistants…

  • Are members of the Residence Life Staff who serve as representatives of the university in a residence hall community for which they are responsible.
  • Play a critical role in the development of residence hall life and have broad responsibilities for the social, academic and emotional growth and well-being of the students who reside on their floor.
  • Serve as liaisons between the students and the university administrators due to their close contact with students.
  • Serve as resources through whom university policies and objectives can be interpreted for students and students needs can, in turn, be communicated back to the university.

Administrative Responsibilities

  1. Assist in the opening and closing of residence halls at vacation periods and at the beginning and end of each semester.
  2. Greets and assists in the orientation of new residents.
  3. Assists in identifying and reporting maintenance and safety problems in the residence hall.
  4. Assists in supervision of the residence hall during specific hours during the week and on weekends.
  5. Reports and assists in the development of incidents involving disciplinary problems.
  6. Performs other tasks related to administration of residence halls as assigned by the Dean of Students, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Associate Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director of Residence Life or Resident Director.
  7. Conducts scheduled inspections of residents’ rooms in the residence hall.

Advisement and Supervision of a Residence Community

  1. Supervises student conduct in their own community and residence halls as a whole.
  2. Communicates and interprets university policies and regulations.
  3. Establishes and maintains personal contact with every student in their specific community.
  4. Assists student officers and hall council representatives in establishment of student government within the residence hall.
  5. Helps individual students make adjustments to Shippensburg University.
  6. Helps establish an environment that is conducive to academic achievement.
  7. Knows of and is able to inform students of campus services and procedures for their use.
  8. Encourages residents to discuss their concerns and counsels and advises students within their limits.
  9. Remains aware of students demonstrating signs of serious physical or psychological problems, and where necessary, refers them to the proper individual(s) on campus.
  10. Helps to foster an inclusive, respectful, welcoming community within their own residence hall and throughout the campus at large.

Community Building

  1.  Encourages capable students to contribute through participation in Hall Council and hall wide activities.
  2. Ensures that students have an opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of activities.
  3. Makes constructive suggestions for programming which may or may not be accepted by the students but which should provide a basis for the positive development of the hall as a community.
  4. Promotes academic faculty involvement in the programs and activities within the residence hall.
  5. Encourages student involvement in Shippensburg University events.
  6. Provides and implements the programming behavioral model for students on their floor.
  7. Promotes discussion groups on the floor (formal and informal) and serves as (or obtains) a resource person(s) for the discussion.
  8. Stimulates communication thought bulletin boards, posters, flyers and newsletters,
  9. Distributes, collects and tallies the Student Interest Survey in their own community.

 Staff Development and Training

  1. Expected to return to Shippensburg University approximately one week before the start of school in the fall to participate in an in-depth staff development and training program.
  2. Responsible for attending development and training in-service programs which will be designated each semester.