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Resident Directors and Resident Assistants

Resident Directors

Resident Directors (RDs) are professional, full-time, live-in staff members. RDs are responsible for supervision of the Resident Assistants (see below), acting as a resource for students in such areas as campus information, counseling, university and residence hall policies and procedures, and developing activities and events.

RDs develop and manage their assigned communities. The RD maintains office hours and is available to residents for consultation or assistance as needed. An RD is on duty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Resident Assistants and Senior Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Senior Resident Assistants (SRAs) are paraprofessional staff assigned to a particular apartment, house or floor and live with the students of that area.

RAs are strategically located to respond to student needs

  • Getting to know each person in the area
  • Serving as a resource agent for the many questions that arise
  • Helping students find ways of fulfilling goals that match their particular needs and interests
  • Familiarizing students with university regulations and helping them maintain an environment conducive to learning
  • Assisting in referring students to various campus offices which can be of assistance with their academic and social pursuits
  • Responding to residents in need and providing support in crisis
  • Providing desk coverage for the hall while on duty, signing in guests and checking student baggage to increase and uphold community standards

SRAs have additional administrative responsibilities and are an excellent resource regarding university policies, procedures, and programs. In addition to performing RA duties, SRAs assist the RD and the Office of Housing and Residential Life by:

  • implementing programs
  • participating in recruitment, selection, and training of new staff