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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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Assist in the opening and closing of residence
halls at vacation periods and at the beginning and end of each semester.
- Greets and assists in the orientation of new
- Assists in identifying and reporting maintenance
and safety problems in the residence hall.
- Assists in supervision of the residence hall
during specific hours during the week and on weekends.
- Reports and assists in the development of
incidents involving disciplinary problems.
- 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.
- Conducts scheduled inspections of residents’
rooms in the residence hall.
Supervision of a Residence Community
- Supervises student conduct in their own
community and residence halls as a whole.
- Communicates and interprets university policies
- Establishes and maintains personal contact with every
student in their specific community.
- Assists student officers and hall council
representatives in establishment of student government within the residence hall.
- Helps individual students make adjustments to
- Helps establish an environment that is conducive
to academic achievement.
- Knows of and is able to inform students of
campus services and procedures for their use.
- Encourages residents to discuss their concerns
and counsels and advises students within their limits.
- Remains aware of students demonstrating signs of
serious physical or psychological problems, and where necessary, refers them to
the proper individual(s) on campus.
- Helps to foster an inclusive, respectful,
welcoming community within their own residence hall and throughout the campus
- Encourages capable students to contribute
through participation in Hall Council and hall wide activities.
- Ensures that students have an opportunity to
participate in the planning and implementation of activities.
- 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.
- Promotes academic faculty involvement in the
programs and activities within the residence hall.
- Encourages student involvement in Shippensburg
- Provides and implements the programming
behavioral model for students on their floor.
- Promotes discussion groups on the floor (formal
and informal) and serves as (or obtains) a resource person(s) for the
- Stimulates communication thought bulletin
boards, posters, flyers and newsletters,
- Distributes, collects and tallies the Student
Interest Survey in their own community.
Staff Development and Training
- 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.
- Responsible for attending development and
training in-service programs which will be designated each semester.