You should be aware of the following training requirements and dates before applying. If you are selected to be a RA, you will need to plan your travels around these dates. Note that training dates are subject to change.
All fall-term RAs are required to attend all of Fall Training, participate in First-Year Orientation, and help with first-year and upper-class opening. If you anticipate having a conflict with fall training (such as fall-sport athletes, trip leaders), you should contact Rachel Head prior to applying for a position.
Training is important (and required) because:
- You will learn to do your job
- You will have an opportunity to practice and prepare for dealing with some of the more difficult aspects of the RA position
- You will work with other RAs to develop as a team and get to know each other well
- Your dorm team will develop group norms and expectations and plan for the term
- You will prepare your floor and builing for resident arrival
- You will help with first-year orientation (even if you do not have first-year students)
- Early Return residents will already be living on your floor - you will be their RA!
Tentative Training Dates: Fall 2013
August 18 (Sunday): Dorms open to RAs. Please note that for safety and security reasons, no students can arrive prior to this date
August 19 (Monday): Training begins at 9am
August 19-August 30: RA Training week. RAs should plan on training being an all-day event with breaks throughout, for several days in a row. More specific schedules will be provided over the summer
August 27 (Tuesday): Dorms open for new and transfer students
August 27 - September 1: New student orientation. RAs will help with orientation activities throughout the week
August 30 (Friday): Dorms open for returning students
*Before you accept a position, you MUST be able to commit to attending all of training week. Exceptions for travel plans, vacation, and extra-curricular activities cannot be accommodate*
*Please remember that dates are tentative and subject to change. Do not purchase plante tickets or make formal plans until the official dates are released right before a Spring Break.*