The director of Residence Life is a full-time professional staff member who supervises all phases of University Housing. The associate director, assistant directors, and hall directors of Residence Life are live-on professional staff members who oversee the programming, operations and development of the resident community. In addition, graduate assistants are part-time live-on staff members who work with residents. All staff members are available daily in their offices, and can be contacted outside of posted office hours. There is a Student Affairs Professional (SAP) staff member on call each day/overnight.
The goal of Residence Life is to create an environment that promotes intellectual and personal growth.
There are resident assistants (RAs) to help reach this goal. RAs live with the residents. They are trained paraprofessionals who organize their floor’s/building’s programming and are available to help meet residents’ needs. Each RA has a duty night when he/she is responsible for covering the building. The RAs are available to help the residents whenever possible. Resident Peer Academic Leaders (RPALs) are student staff members who provide academically focused programs, facilitate study groups and provide information to residents on academic resources.
Campus Ministry also supports resident students with live-in staff. Resident Peer Ministers are trained paraprofessionals who provide additional resources to students through programming and spiritual support. Graduate Assistant Hall Ministers plan and staff retreats and faith-based groups and are available to respond to students’ needs.
The responsibility to create a positive learning environment also rests on the Residence Housing Association and the residents themselves. In reality, the governing and promotion of community is everyone’s responsibility.
The director of Residence Life has the responsibility to make all final decisions including, but not limited to:
- room assignments
- guest arrangements
- student behavior that may be damaging to the individual, other residents or the University’s property
- undergraduate staff selection, supervision and training
- facilities usage and program registration