Frequently Made Assumptions About RAs

Many times there are assumptions made about the RA position that aren't true. These next four assumptions are some of the most frequently made.

Assumption:

RAs work “bad hours.”

Fact:

With the exception of their on-call time, Res Life student staff makes their own hours. Floor meetings, programs, and interaction on the floor are held at times largely at the discretion of the RA.

Assumption:

RAs miss campus life due to weekend duty.

Fact:

Resident Assistants make their own duty schedule. It is up to each building staff to decide whether to break up a weekend schedule into individual days or keep it as a block for scheduling purposes. Even on the smallest staff, a RA would only serve one weekend each month on call.

Assumption:

RAs are required to stay on campus during the winter break.

Fact:

RAs are allowed to leave the same day other students do for Winter Break, just later in the day. Residential Life is required to provide staffing during Fall Break, Intercession, Thanksgiving and Spring Break, so it requires one member from each staff to be on call for their building during that time. Each building staff works together to select which days(s) they will choose to be on duty.

Assumption:

RAs are paid poorly.

Fact:

Residential Life staff compensation is reviewed each year and compared to other institutions. While the compensation is not as high as other schools, it is also not as low. RAs currently receive:

  • Single room at a triple rate (Traditional and LLC buildings)
  • Single room in a double apartment (Sutton Apartment)- 2 RAs per apartment only
  • Free parking permit
  • Annual stipend
  • Training meals, banquets, outings conferences

Applicants concerned by the compensation are encouraged to speak with one of our staff. The leadership skills and intangible benefits of the RA experience include more than financial assistance!