Residential Life Staff
In keeping with our objective of stimulating your mind as well as putting a roof over your head, we have available a number of support staff to achieve this goal. Residential Life departments (undergraduate housing, graduate/family housing, and off-campus housing programs) are administered by a group of 11 professional staff members. They coordinate educational, cultural, and social programs; help in dealing with personal issues and problems; supervise the student staff members (RAs, CAs, GHAs, and GHRs); provide modern computer and video access systems; and direct all cleaning, physical improvements, and repairs in the buildings.
The Director of Residential Life and Housing Services has overall responsibility for the undergraduate residence halls, graduate/family housing, and offcampus housing. Together with the other staff and advisory groups, the director formulates policy and makes final decisions that affect both students and facilities.
The director is also responsible for billings and statistical information pertaining to residence halls, as well as the same functions for the graduate and family housing system.
There are two Associate Directors of Residential Life and Housing Services. One has overall responsibility for the operations of the freshman housing areas, departmental training programs, and other senior leadership functions. The other Associate Director has overall responsibility for most of the upperclass housing areas and the undergraduate room assignment processes, including freshman and upperclass room placement and room changes. The Coordinator for Off-Campus Housing Programs is responsible for the University’s commuter support programs. This includes providing off-campus housing listing services (for undergraduates, graduate students, medical center, faculty, and staff ); developing on- and off-campus support services, resources, and programs; individual advising and counseling; liaison with the campus community, landlords, and neighborhood associations; and advocacy for University commuter needs.
Area Coordinators assist the Associate Director for their living area. Their duties include coordinating check-in and check-out; supervising graduate head residents (GHRs), resident advisor staff, and service desk employees; maintaining records; advising student groups; and meeting with students to discuss problems. They live in the housing area and provide on-site professional services outside normal business hours.
The Resident Advisors (RA s) are upperclass students living on your floor who are trained in various skills, including community building, counseling, advising, programming, resource referrals, and emergency services. The selection of RAs is based on their maturity, common sense, programming ideas, and peer counseling skills. They are on your floor to act as resource persons, to assist in establishing a sense of community, and to interpret University policy and assist in its enforcement.
Community Assistants (CA s) are similar to RAs but support a larger number of primarily upperclass students in apartments and suite-style housing. The CAs are responsible for building upperclass student communities and providing peer support. They are more involved in the administrative operations of their living area.
There are Graduate Head Residents (GHRs) in many of the buildings to assist students and the RA/CA staffs. Your graduate staff member may be responsible for area-wide programming, service desk supervision, resident advisor supervision, hall governments, discipline, etc.