Be an RA!
Being a resident assistant can be one of the most influential and meaningful leadership opportunities available to students at the University of Oregon.
Resident assistants (RAs) are part-time live-in student leaders in the residence halls. As a resident assistant, you have the opportunity to act as a cultural navigator of students’ experience, assist students with academics, help students develop relationships across campus, and most importantly, assist students in having a positive experience living and learning in our communities.
RAs work a maximum average of 20 hours per week—work that can be demanding at times. While resident assistants help facilitate and develop our residential communities, they are also called upon to assist in ensuring that our residence halls provide a safe and secure environment for all our residents.
The application process for 2021–22 RAs will begin later in fall 2020. Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the RA position at the University Oregon, please review the 2020–21 Resident Assistant Position Description below.
Resident Assistant Position Description 2020–21
The Resident Assistant position is a unique leadership opportunity for students to meaningfully contribute to residential communities at the University of Oregon. In their work, Resident Assistants serve as culturally responsible peer educators, community builders, administrators, and navigators for residential students. As student leaders for University Housing, Resident Assistants work collaboratively with departmental staff to develop residents as active and engaged learners and socially and civically responsible community members. Together, the residence hall team provides services that support the mission, vision, and values of University Housing and the academic mission of the University of Oregon. With the goal of being a model of excellence and a hub of innovation, Resident Assistants are critical in transforming the living and learning experiences of students.
Resident Assistants at the University of Oregon are part-time student leaders responsible for an assigned area (as defined by the Agreed upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment) in the residence halls. The Resident Assistant is a member of the University Housing – Residence Life staff reporting directly to the Community Director, and ultimately to Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.
Resident Assistants will comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Residence Hall Contract, the University Housing Standards, the Student Conduct Code, the Student Leader On-Call and Crisis Management Manual, the Resident Assistant Curricular Manual, the Agreed upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment, and the written expectations provided by the supervising Community Director and supervising staff. Resident Assistants work a maximum average of twenty (20) hours per week over the course of the fall, winter, and spring terms according to the dates as specified in the Agreed upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment.
The responsibilities and expectations of the Resident Assistant position are outlined below:
Community Development and Residential Curriculum
Resident Assistants plan, organize, and execute community engagement initiatives for residents according to the University Housing community development model, including but not limited to:
- Assuming responsibility for facilitating, conducting, and documenting structured conversations with residents in your assigned area, requiring persistence in outreach, on a weekly basis as directed by your supervisor (e.g., 1:1s).
- Encouraging residents to engage their residence hall and the greater campus community through structured opportunities (e.g., Community Engagement and Education Initiatives).
- Facilitating processes to build community standards among residents (e.g., Community Agreements and Roommate Agreements).
- Assuming responsibility to facilitate Community Meetings for your assigned area as directed by your supervisor.
- Serving as a resource, referral, and communication agent between residents, campus partners, and University Housing.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with residents and university personnel, through intergroup dialogue, that support the mission, vision, and values of University Housing and the academic mission of the University of Oregon.
- Assisting in identifying barriers to satisfactory academic success and healthy social relationships within your assigned community and residence hall; develop an action plan utilizing University Housing resources.
- Designing, developing, distributing, and posting bulletin boards and door decorations for your assigned area as directed by your supervisor.
On-Call and Crisis Management
- Resident Assistants serve on a rotating on-call and duty schedule for weekdays and weekends, including term, fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, and complete rounds of assigned buildings as directed. Submit on-call duty reports.
- Resident Assistants are obligated to abide by, role model, and enforce university policies and protocols; Resident Assistants assume the responsibility to observe, report, and address alleged violations of the University Housing Contract and the Student Conduct Code. Assist campus officials or other responsible parties when requested to do so.
- Resident Assistants are obligated to respond to crises and emergencies as directed in established protocols or as directed by a supervisor or other management staff.
- Resident Assistants assume the responsibility to identify, report, and correct safety and security concerns as directed in established protocols or as directed by a supervisor or other management staff; Resident Assistants educate residents on safety and security measures. Assist campus officials or other responsible parties when requested to do so.
- Resident Assistants assume the responsibility to identify, report, and assist in correcting facilities concerns as directed in established protocols or as directed by a supervisor or other management staff. The tasks performed may be outside of the normal scope of responsibilities for a Resident Assistant.
- Resident Assistants assist residents in developing strategies to mediating interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict.
- Resident Assistants conduct follow-up with students after an incident to provide resources and support or express care and concern.
Training, Meetings, and Communication
- Resident Assistants are required to attend mandatory University Housing spring orientations, fall and winter training, term in-services, weekly staff meetings, and meetings scheduled by their supervising Community Director or supervising authority; work as a member of community staff.
- Resident Assistants are expected to assist with the opening and closing of residence halls during the fall term, spring term, and other officially scheduled university breaks.
- Resident Assistants are expected to participate in the selection and hiring processes of new Resident Assistants.
- Resident Assistants are expected to assist, support, and participate in Week of Welcome events, Get Explicit; to assist, support, and participate in mandated campus events at the discretion of University Housing.
- Microsoft Teams and your uoregon.edu account serves as the official University means of correspondence of University Housing. Residents must check Microsoft Teams and their email, at minimum, twice daily; additionally, disseminate information as appropriate.
Expectations and Conduct
- Resident Assistants serve and support students who represent diverse race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expressive backgrounds; Residents Assistants are expected to role model equity within pluralistic communities and ensure the equitable participation of all groups within residence hall living.
- Resident Assistants will comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Residence Hall Contract, the University Housing Standards, the Student Conduct Code, the Student Leader On-Call and Crisis Management Manual, the Resident Assistant Curricular Manual, the Agreed Upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment, and the written expectations provided by the supervising Community Director; Resident Assistants should not involve themselves in situations or environments that will jeopardize their credibility as a Resident Assistant.
- Residents Assistants are expected to prioritize the Resident Assistant position over outside commitments so that those commitments will not conflict with their positional responsibilities. Resident Assistants who have academic or extracurricular commitments are required to review their situation with University Housing prior to accepting employment as a Resident Assistant.
- The Resident Assistant position is live-in; Resident Assistants must sleep in their room assignment and be accessible within their assigned community a majority of nights and days, respectively.
- Resident Assistants represent University Housing at the University of Oregon; Resident Assistants are expected to role model academic success and healthy relationships within residential communities, with university personnel, and with external partners.
- Residents Assistants are expected to complete duties as assigned by the supervising Community Director, Assistant Director, or Associate Director.
Reporting Obligations and Communication
- Resident Assistants serve as Campus Security Authorities as defined by the Clery Act. Resident Assistants have a duty under the law to report any criminal offenses of which they become aware, as designated by the Clery Act. Additional information regarding the Clery Act and Campus Security Authorities can be found at https://safety.uoregon.edu/content/clery-act and https://police.uoregon.edu/campus-security-authorities.
- Resident Assistants serve as Designated Reporters and are obligated to report student disclosures of sexual and gender-based harassment, violence, or prohibited discrimination to university administration. Additional information regarding reporting obligations can be found at https://investigations.uoregon.edu/designated-reporter.
- Residents Assistants are obligated to protect the confidentiality and privacy of student records as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Additional information regarding FERPA obligations can be found at https://registrar.uoregon.edu/records-privacy.
- Resident Assistants serve as reporters of any harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Additional information regarding addressing bias can be found at https://dos.uoregon.edu/bias and https://hr.uoregon.edu/employee-labor-relations/affirmative-action/uo-equal-opportunity-non-discrimination-and-affirmative.
The Resident Assistant position is a unique leadership opportunity for students to meaningfully contribute to the residential living and learning of students at the University of Oregon. While the Resident Assistant position can be rewarding and enriching, it is imperative to understand the physical, emotional, and mental demands that can increase stress when serving in a residential environment. Please reflect on the following experiences as you consider your candidacy:
- Resident Assistants may experience high stress when responding and communicating with UO community members or the public, some of whom may be unwelcoming or unfriendly.
- Resident Assistants may experience high stress when responding to crises and medical emergencies that may cause secondary vicarious trauma (e.g., substance misuse, bias, mental health, and Title IX).
- Resident Assistants live and work in dense environments that, on average, have higher crowding stress and noise stress.
- Living and working in a residential environment can create a ‘fishbowl’ stimulus that may increase feelings of loneliness.
- Resident Assistants may experience increased pressure to be successful academically and socially when role modeling excellence in a residential environment.
- Resident Assistants may experience high stress when negotiating how to be a student, academic, and Resident Assistant in a student leader position that requires flexibility and malleability.
- Resident Assistants may experiences physical lassitude or fatigability when conducting on-call and duty rounds in large or non-accessible residence halls.
Please note: University Housing commits to supporting Resident Assistants’ proactive management of stress-impact through structured interactions with professional staff (e.g., supervisor) and reflexive encouragement to interface the university’s health and wellness resources (e.g., University Counseling Center, Health Center, Accessible Education Center, etc.).
Stipend and Other Remuneration
- Resident Assistants will receive room and board for fall, winter, and spring terms.
- Resident Assistants will receive the Resident Assistant Meal Plan for fall, winter, and spring terms.
- Residents Assistants will receive a stipend of $600, payable in eight equal payments on the last business day of each month beginning in October and ending in May.
Please Note: If you are a financial aid recipient, you are required to report all educational resources to the UO. This includes the University Housing provision of housing remission and a stipend. Because the combination of these resources and your other financial aid typically cannot exceed the amount of your cost of attendance, your financial aid may be reduced (most often your loans). It is encouraged that prospective candidates consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information regarding your specific circumstances and if the Resident Assistant Position is most beneficial for you.
Eligibility and Continuance
- Candidates must be a transfer candidate for admission, or a currently enrolled, full-time student at the University of Oregon.
- Candidates must complete 12 credit hours for fall, winter, and spring terms and have a cumulative and term grade point average of 2.0 by the completion of spring term for appointment. Offers to candidates whose term and cumulative GPA have fallen below a 2.0 at the completion of spring term will be rescinded.
- Candidates must demonstrate academic progress toward completion. For the purposes of the University Housing application, appointment, and continuance, academic progress is defined as earning credit for 67 percent of the credits attempted each term. Student staff whose term grade point average falls below a 2.0 may not be eligible for appointment or continuance.
- Candidates must maintain full-time student status at the University of Oregon or through the Dual Enrollment Program at Lane Community College. Students in the Dual Enrollment Program must provide a copy of registration information prior to the last day of course registration for each term.
- Candidates must not have a conduct administrative sanction that is equal to or more stringent than probation during their application and appointment period.
- Appointed Resident Assistants who violate the Student Conduct Code or the University Housing Contract can be terminated at any time at the discretion of University Housing. Additional information regarding the Student Conduct Code and the University Housing Contract can be found at https://studentlife.uoregon.edu/conduct and https://oregondatatransfer.s3.amazonaws.com/starrezstatic/UOPortal/Resources/RH-Contract-2020-21.pdf.
- Candidates must pass a background check prior to beginning the program. University Housing reserves the right to terminate a position offer at any time for judicial or criminal violations indicating an inability to perform in the position.
- Candidates must return to campus prior to the official opening of both the fall and winter terms and must remain after the official closing of both the fall and spring terms as specified in the Agreed upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment.
- Candidates must not hold other employment on or off-campus during the period of their appointment without written permission from the Assistant Director; such employment should not exceed nine (9) hours per week, on-campus only, nor should it interfere with duties noted in the Resident Assistant position description and Agreed upon Terms and Conditions of Appointment.
- Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.
Please Note: The Resident Assistant position is a full academic year student leadership opportunity and commitment. The contract period is for one full academic year (consecutive fall, winter, and spring terms, including winter and spring breaks). All Resident Assistants are required to live in their assigned spaces starting with fall training and continuing through spring close-down. If a Resident Assistant is not able to fulfill this requirement, they should not be a Resident Assistant. Resignation or Termination from the Resident Assistant position could result in termination or cancelation fees as described in University Housing’s Residence Hall Contract and Community Expectations.