Who are RAs?
Resident Assistants (RAs) are selected Juniors and Seniors, who serve in the residence halls as peer counselors and advisors. They are available to provide general information and counseling, and to make appropriate referrals as needed. RAs also have responsibility for security, fire protection, and general safety within the dormitories. RAs function as liaisons between students and the administration. RAs receive the equivalency of a free room, which is distributed partially as a credit to the RAs student charge account and partially as a check at the beginning of each term. The specific amounts of the credit and the check may change each year. Contact the Financial Aid Office, for more info on the Financial Aid aspect of RA compensation.
Generally, applications are available in January, and are due in late January. There is also a selection round in the Fall semester, for RA applicants who will be abroad for the spring semester. Applications for the Fall selection round are generally available (in Parrish E108) after October Break and are due in mid- or late-November. The application is comprised of a series of applicant questions and 3 recommendations -- one recommendation must be from an RA. All applicants are interviewed by the RA Selection Committee (comprised of 2nd year RAs, Student Council Appointees, and Deans).
RA Training takes place in August. RAs are trained in a wide range of issues, including fire safety, first aid, sexual misconduct, diversity issues, alcohol education, and more. RAs generally return to campus for training, on the Sunday 15 days before the first day of Fall classes.