Resident Assistants

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.

Application Timeline

  • Application goes live: January 25, 2021
  • Application due: February 21, 2021
  • Interviews: April 5–9, 2021
  • Offers go out: April 16, 2021

Apply to Be an RA

Direct any questions to rahelp@uoregon.edu.

 

2021–22 Resident Assistant Position Description

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 peer educators, community builders, administrators, and cultural 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 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 Resident Assistant Position Agreement) 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 Resident Assistant Position Agreement, 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 fall, winter, and spring terms according to the dates as specified in the Resident Assistant Position Agreement.

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 diverse 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 Resident Assistant Position Agreement, 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

*Working Environment

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 experience 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 & 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 $800, 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 successfully complete 12 credit hours for fall, winter, and spring terms; and have a cumulative and term grade point average of 2.00 by spring term for application and appointment.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 the Residence Hall Contract and Community Expectations University Housing.

 

2021–22 Resident Assistant Position Agreement

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@uoregon.edu, located at 106 Johnson Hall, Eugene, OR 97403. All other questions regarding prohibited discrimination may be directed to the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance at 541-346-3123. Additional contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures can be found at  https://investigations.uoregon.edu/.

Resident Assistants at the University of Oregon are part-time student leaders responsible for an assigned area 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 the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.

Resident Assistants work a maximum average of twenty (20) hours per week over the course of the fall, winter, and spring terms. As such, the Resident Assistant position represents a significant time commitment. This may require a staff member to consider limiting other commitments which may require significant time in order to be successful in all remaining areas.

The following are the specific required terms and conditions of the Resident Assistant position. This Resident Assistant (RA) Requirements and Responsibilities document is an integrated part of the Resident Assistant Position Agreement (“contract”). If necessary, additional tasks may be assigned from time to time by University Housing, the Community Director, or the Assistant Director. Additional requirements are outlined in the Resident Assistant Curricular Model: Resident Assistant Role and the Crisis Response and On-Call Manual, and additional expectations will be described by the Community Director throughout the year.

Article I.        Resident Assistant Requirements:

Section 1.01  The Resident Assistant will report directly to the Community Director, then to the Assistant Director, the Associate Director, and the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives. The Resident Assistant is expected to support and adhere to the expectations provided to them by the Community Director, the Assistant Director, the Associate Director, and the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.

Section 1.02 Directives made to the Resident Assistant from Community Directors that do not contradict the Resident Assistant’s supervisor’s directives will hold the same weight as those given by the direct supervisor.

Section 1.03 The Resident Assistant must not be subject to any sanctions under the University’s Student Conduct Code at any time while employed as a Resident Assistant, beginning at the time of signature of this contract to the end of this contract.

Section 1.04 The Resident Assistant position is, by contract, a full academic year commitment (consecutive fall, winter, and spring terms, including winter and spring break). Resident Assistants work a maximum average of twenty (20) hours per week. The contract period begins at noon, September [TBD], 2021, and ends at noon, June [TBD], 2022.

Section 1.05 The Resident Assistant is required to live in an assigned residence hall during the contract period and abide by all terms and conditions of the University Housing Residence Hall Contract.

Section 1.06 If the Resident Assistant leaves campus after an academic term, the Resident Assistant is required to return to campus prior to the start of the following term to attend and participate in mandatory orientation, training, and hall opening.

Section 1.07  The Resident Assistant is required to perform the requirements and responsibilities described in the Resident Assistant Curricular Model: Resident Assistant Role document.

Section 1.08  The Resident Assistant is required to perform the requirements and responsibilities described in the Crisis Response and On-Call Manual.

Section 1.09  Microsoft Teams and each Resident Assistant’s uoregon.edu email account serve as the official means of correspondence of University Housing. The Resident Assistant is required to check Microsoft Teams and their email, at minimum, twice daily, and respond appropriately; additionally, the Resident Assistant must disseminate information as appropriate.

Section 1.10  The Resident Assistant must fulfill the conditions of the Resident Assistant position description and the particulars of this contract. Resident Assistants should report concerns regarding the specific tasks required or requested of the position to the Community Director or Assistant Director.

Section 1.11   University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if the Resident Assistant does not or is unable to fulfill the requirements of the Resident Assistant position description, the contract (including all other documents referenced in the contract), Student Conduct Code, or University Housing Standards. Failing to meet these requirements may result in the implementation of a mandatory performance improvement plan, disciplinary action, or other action, including, but not limited to, the rescinding of an offer of the Resident Assistant position or the termination of the position.

Section 1.12 University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the Resident Assistant position at any time due to resident occupancy changes, financial challenges, or events that cause unforeseen university disruption (pandemic, natural disaster, etc.). If a Resident Assistant’s position is terminated or the offer is rescinded for pursuant to this Section, (i) the Resident Assistant will not be entitled to the stipend or other remuneration, and (ii) they may terminate their University Housing contract without penalty.

Article II.       Eligibility:

Section 2.01 The Resident Assistant must be enrolled as a full-time, degree seeking student, as defined by their college and the Office of the Registrar, at the University of Oregon or through an approved Dual Enrollment Program, as defined by their college, at the University of Oregon. Resident Assistants in a Dual Enrollment Program must provide a copy of their registration information prior to the last day of course registration each term.

Section 2.02 Resident Assistants who receive a term GPA of less than a 2.0 or complete less than 67% of credits attempted each term will be placed on academic probation with University Housing. University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if a Resident Assistant fails to meet the GPA and academic progress requirements for two consecutive terms.

Section 2.03 Resident Assistants may not exceed 18 credit hours (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) per term without supervisory approval prior to registration.

Section 2.04 University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if a Resident Assistant violates the Student Conduct Code or the University Housing Contract.

Section 2.05 The Resident Assistant’s position is contingent upon passing a background check prior to beginning the program. University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position based on any relevant violation of the law or other relevant indication that the individual is not fit for the position.

Section 2.06 University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if a Resident Assistant violates federal, state, local laws, indicating an inability to perform in the Resident Assistant position.

Article III.      Stipend and Remuneration:

Section 3.01  A Resident Assistant will receive a meal plan for fall, winter, and spring terms for University Dining.

Section 3.02 The Resident Assistant meal plan is only available to Resident Assistants when University Dining is open for residents. The Resident Assistant is responsible for providing their own meals when University Dining options are not open. This includes but not limited to: return to campus prior to the start of fall training and the return to campus prior to the start of winter training (Winter Renewal).

Section 3.03  Resident Assistants working during a break period will receive a per diem for each shift covered.

Section 3.04  The Resident Assistant may be assigned a roommate(s) when there is over-occupancy. University Housing may utilize other strategies in over-occupancy, including converting standard double rooms to triple rooms or housing residents in converted lounges. However, University Housing may elect to assign a roommate(s) to the Resident Assistant’s room regardless of whether or not the University Housing has already utilized these other strategies in an attempt to resolve over-occupancy.

Section 3.05 Resident Assistants’ remuneration, including stipends, meal plans, and other compensation, are subject to termination in the circumstances and on the terms described in Article I.

Section 3.06 University Housing will report the stipend and remuneration for the Resident Assistant position to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. If a Resident Assistant is a financial aid recipient, the Resident Assistant’s financial aid may be reduced or otherwise affected. Resident Assistants are expected to consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information regarding their specific circumstances.

Article IV.      Role Modeling Requirements:

Section 4.01  Resident Assistants are required to 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 further expected to role model equity and ensure the equitable participation of all groups living in University Housing.

Section 4.02  Resident Assistants must refrain from engaging in any communication, behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that would be considered harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expressive backgrounds.

Section 4.03  Resident Assistant are expected to follow, in spirit and in letter, all federal, state, and local laws, as well as the Student Conduct Code and University Housing Contract from the date of signature of this contract to the end of the contract period.

Section 4.04  The Resident Assistant is required to follow all federal, state, and local laws, as well as University, Student Conduct Code, and University Housing Standards policy regarding the possession or use of alcohol. Resident Assistants agree to not remain in an area in which illegal alcohol consumption is occurring.

Section 4.05  Resident Assistants agree to not consume alcohol with the residents to whom they are assigned, even if the residents are over the age of 21.

Section 4.06  The Resident Assistant is required to follow all federal, state, and local laws, as well as University, Student Conduct Code, and University Housing Standards policy regarding the possession or use of cannabis. Resident Assistants agree to not enter or remain in an area in which illegal cannabis use is occurring.

Section 4.07 Resident Assistants are prohibited from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that would use their position for personal benefit, unfair advantage, or unearned goods or services, including the receipt of gifts from individuals who may seek to influence University decisions.

Section 4.08 Resident Assistants should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that would jeopardize their credibility as a Resident Assistant or impact their ability to perform their responsibilities as a Resident Assistant.

Section 4.09 Resident Assistants are required to notify University Housing of intimate, sexual, or “dating” relationships with a resident or fellow Resident Assistant. Depending on the circumstances involved, University Housing may, in its sole discretion, terminate or rescind an offer of the position, including, but not limited to, reassignment of the Resident Assistant.

Section 4.10 Resident Assistants are required to comply with any mandatory health and safety rules in executive orders, policies, procedures, and guidelines established by the University of Oregon, Lane County Public Health, and the State of Oregon (“COVID-19 Policies”). These COVID-19 Policies may, in addition to mandatory rules, include recommendations, temporary measures, and other statements. Resident Assistants are only required to comply with mandatory rules in COVID-19 Policies while they are in effect. However, Resident Assistants are encouraged to comply with all other recommendations and statements in these COVID-19 Policies. University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position for failure to comply with any mandatory rules included in COVID-19 Policies while they are in effect.

Article V.       Time Commitments and Time Away:

Section 5.01  Resident Assistants must live and sleep in their assigned room and be accessible within their assigned community a majority of nights and days, respectively.

Section 5.02  Resident Assistants may take a maximum of seven (7) days of overnight leave per term. Resident Assistants are not permitted to take more than three (3) days of consecutive overnight leave at any time.

Section 5.03  Resident Assistants submitting overnight leave requests for University Housing-Residence Life training, conference, or events will not forfeit time away.

Section 5.04  The Community Director and the Assistant Director may deny a Resident Assistant’s overnight leave request if the Resident Assistant fails to uphold the requirements this contract.

Section 5.05  Resident Assistants must submit requests for approval of any overnight leave from the residence halls at least two weeks in advance to the Community Director of the building. The decision to approve overnight leave requests will be based upon staff coverage needs, a Resident Assistant’s compliance with this contract, and other similar considerations in Housing’s discretion. Each hall staff is responsible for maintaining staff levels at 60% except during University holidays, Fall Break, and Spring Break. Overnight leave is defined as returning to the residence hall after 2am.

Section 5.06 The Resident Assistant will participate in an on-call duty rotation with other staff to ensure building duty coverage. Resident Assistants may be asked to provide additional duty coverage for their building during major University events.

Section 5.07 All Resident Assistants are required to assist with the opening (move-in) and closing (move-out) of residence halls during the fall and spring terms, and may be required to stay late to close residence halls during university academic breaks.

Section 5.08 Resident Assistants are required to volunteer to work during university academic breaks. No vacation plans (including the purchase of travel tickets) may be made until building duty coverage has been assigned for these breaks.

Section 5.09  Resident Assistants are permitted to work other on-campus paid jobs not to exceed nine (9) hours per week with advanced approval from the Assistant Director. Resident Assistants are permitted to work off-campus jobs for a flexible number of hours per week with advanced approval from the Assistant Director. These requests must be approved and documented through the petition process.

Section 5.10  Resident Assistants are permitted to participate in co-curricular academic or educational internships not to exceed ten (10) hours per week with advanced approval from the Assistant Director. These requests must be approved and documented through the petition process.

Section 5.11 Resident Assistants should prioritize their position over all non-academic co-curricular activities. University Housing defines academic co-curricular activities, as co-curricular activities required for credit bearing courses and research. The Community Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director, or Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives can ask a Resident Assistant to limit non- academic co-curricular activities if such activities are believed to be interfering with a Resident Assistants job performance.

Section 5.12 Resident Assistants are required to participate in regularly scheduled position commitments, including weekly staff meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings with your supervising Community Director. Staff meetings and one-on-ones will be determined by your Community Director and are a priority over all other non-academic meetings and commitments.

Section 5.13 All Resident Assistants are required to attend and participate in mandatory University Housing spring orientation, fall and winter training, and other in-service training during the contract term. Training requirements and responsibilities may vary based on the housing community.

Section 5.14  The Resident Assistant is expected to participate in the selection and hiring process for new Resident Assistants.

Section 5.15  All Resident Assistants are expected to assist, support, and participate in Week of Welcome events and the Get Explicit education program. Resident Assistants will participate in campus events, orientations, and recruitment events hosted by University Housing at the discretion of the Assistant Director, the Associate Director, the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.

Section 5.16  Additional responsibilities may be required of a Resident Assistant based on the circumstances of the Resident Assistant’s assignment and the needs of a particular housing community.

Article VI.      Community Development and the Residential Curriculum:

Section 6.01  Resident Assistants are required to abide by the Resident Assistant Curricular Model: Resident Assistant Role.

Section 6.02  Resident Assistants are required to plan, organize, and execute community engagement initiatives for residents according to the Resident Assistant Curricular Model: Resident Assistant Role.

Section 6.03  Resident Assistants are expected to design, develop, distribute, and post bulletin boards and door decorations for their assigned area as directed by the Community Director.

Section 6.04  Resident Assistants are required to facilitate Community Meetings for their assigned area as directed by the Community Director.

Section 6.05 Resident Assistants are required to facilitate, conduct, and document structured conversations with residents in their assigned area, requiring persistence in outreach, on a weekly basis as directed by the Community Director (e.g., one-on-one conversations).

Section 6.06  Resident Assistants are required to facilitate and build community standards amongst residents (e.g., Community Agreements and Roommate Agreements).

Section 6.07  Resident Assistants are required to serve as a resource, referral, and communication agent between residents, campus partners, and University Housing.

Section 6.08  Resident Assistants are expected to assist in identifying barriers to satisfactory academic success and healthy social relationships within your assigned community and residence hall. Resident Assistants will, when appropriate, develop an action plan utilizing University Housing resources.

Section 6.09  Resident Assistants are prohibited from transporting residents without pre-approval from their Community Director, using a state vehicle, and the appropriate documents on file.

Section 6.10  Resident Assistants must follow the catering and food service guidelines as outlined in the campus catering policy.

Article VII.    On-Call and Crisis Management:

Section 7.01  Residents Assistants are required to abide by the Crisis Response and On-Call Manual.

Section 7.02  Resident Assistants are required to serve on a rotating on-call and duty schedule for weekdays and weekends during the contract period as well as during Fall Break/Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Resident Assistants are required to complete additional rounds of assigned buildings as directed. The number of days served on-call per week will depend on the size of the residence hall team assigned to the area.

Section 7.03  Resident Assistants are not permitted to be scheduled or to work more than three (3) consecutive days on-call. Resident Assistants who are incorrectly assigned three consecutive days on-call will immediately report this to the Community Director. Changes in the on-call schedule must be pre- approved by the Community Director.

Section 7.04  Resident Assistants are not permitted to participate in academic or non-academic co-curricular activities while serving on-call.

Section 7.05  Weekday on-call schedules start Sunday evening and end Friday morning. Each nightly on-call shifts begins at 8:00 PM and ends at 8:00 AM the following morning. Resident Assistants who are on-call are required to be in their assigned building at all times.

Section 7.06  Resident Assistants are required to check-in to the Community Director On-Call (PSOC) before the start of their on-call shift and remain accessible to the PSOC via their cell phone and the on-call phone until the end of their on-call shift. Resident Assistants are not permitted to check-in for other Resident Assistants. Resident Assistants must keep the on-call phone in their possession and answer it at all times while on-call.

Section 7.07  Resident Assistants are not permitted to leave an assigned or designated area while serving an on- call shift, unless permitted by the Assistant Director.

Section 7.08  Weekend on-call schedules start Friday at 8:00 PM and end Sunday evening at 8:00 PM. Resident Assistants are required to check-in to the PSOC by 8:00 PM Friday evening, 8:00 AM Saturday morning, 8:00 PM Saturday evening, and 8:00 AM Sunday morning. The on-call phone will be transferred to the next scheduled on-call Resident Assistant by the start of the Saturday morning and Saturday evening shift and Sunday morning and Sunday evening. The on-call phones should not be taken back to the Housing Service Centers (HSC) until Monday morning, unless specified by the Assistant Director.

Section 7.09  Between 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday, on-call Residents Assistants are permitted to leave their assigned building so long as they remain within 10 minutes (walking distance) of the assigned building. The Resident Assistant must have the on-call phone on their person during this time.

Section 7.10  Resident Assistants are expected to submit incident reports and on-call logs before the end of their on-call shift at 8:00 AM on weekdays and 8:00 PM on weekends.

Section 7.11  Resident Assistants are required to respond to crises and emergencies as directed in established protocols or as directed by University Housing or other University personnel.

Section 7.12  Resident Assistants are expected 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 Standards and the Student Conduct Code.

Section 7.13  Resident Assistants are expected to identify, report, and correct safety and security concerns as directed in established protocols or as directed by University Housing or other University personnel. Resident Assistants educate residents on safety and security measures. Resident Assistants are required to assist with fire alarm testing and Health and Safety inspections each term.

Section 7.14  Resident Assistants are expected to identify, report, and assist in correcting facilities concerns as directed in established protocols or as directed by University Housing or other University personnel.

Section 7.15  Resident Assistants are expected to identify, report, and assist in developing strategies to mediate interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict.

Section 7.16  Resident Assistants are expected to follow up with students after an incident affecting a student’s safety, health, and security to provide resources and support or express care and concern. Resident Assistants should consult with their Community Director if they are concerned that a follow-up may be inappropriate.

Section 7.17  In the event of an emergency or other urgent event that require immediate attention, Resident Assistants may be required to perform tasks outside of the normal scope of their responsibilities, including, but not limited to: custodial assistance, dining assistance, or assisting UOPD, emergency personnel, or other campus officials.

Article VIII.   Reporting Obligations and Communication:

Section 8.01  Resident Assistants serve as Campus Security Authorities as defined by the Clery Act. This means that Resident Assistants are obligated by 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.

Section 8.02  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, including the Title IX office. Additional information regarding reporting obligations can be found at https://investigations.uoregon.edu/designated-reporter.

Section 8.03  Resident Assistants are required to report to University administration and law enforcement if they have reasonable cause to believe they have come into contact with a child who has been abused or with a person who has abused a child.

Section 8.04  Resident Assistants are obligated to report 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 to University administration. 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.

Section 8.05  Resident Assistants are expected to inform all University of Oregon students, residents, non-residents, and Resident Assistants that they are required to inform the Community Director, University Housing personnel, or other University administration in the event that any situation involving Sections 8.01 – 8.04 arises.

Section 8.06  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.

Section 8.07 In accordance with Section 8.06, Resident Assistants are not permitted to disclose protected student records to another student or residents or to any non-residents, family, friends, or other faculty or administrators. Resident Assistants are only permitted to share protected student records to their Community Director, the Community Director On-Call (PSOC), the Assistant Director, the Associate Director, and the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.

Section 8.08 Resident Assistants are required to ensure any technology with access to sensitive University Housing information, including protected student records, is password protected. Resident Assistants are required to report to the Community Director whenever a device with access to such records is misplaced, misused for personal benefit, lost, or stolen.

Section 8.09 Resident Assistants use certain University Housing resources (i.e. use of office, access to office equipment and supplies, etc.) for strictly for University Housing purposes. Resident Assistants are required to report to the Community Director when University Housing resources are misplaced, misused for personal benefit, lost, or stolen.

Section 8.10 Residents Assistants are required to follow University Housing Key/Proxy Access rules. Resident Assistants are required to report to the Community Director when a University key, Key Watcher access, or UO ID is misplaced, misused for personal benefit, lost, or stolen.

Section 8.11 Resident Assistants are prohibited from discussing their Resident Assistant position and any information received as a result of the position without permission from the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives.

Article VIIII.  Residents Assistants for Academic Residential Communities and Residential Communities:

Section 9.01  Resident Assistants for Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) and Residential Communities (RCs) report directly to the Community Director. ARC and RC stakeholders work in consultation with the Community Director, the Assistant Director, and Associate Director to provide direction for the ARC or RC.

Section 9.02  Resident Assistants for Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) and Residential Communities (RCs) may be asked to participate in additional trainings throughout the year.

Section 9.03  Any required materials for mandatory academic workshops, seminars, or trainings for Resident Assistants for ARCs or RCs will be provided to the ARC or RC Resident Assistant at no cost.

Section 9.04  Resident Assistants for ARCs or RCs may be asked to perform additional responsibilities as assigned by their Community Director and Academic Residential Community/Residential Community Faculty Director or University Housing. Resident Assistants will not be assigned responsibilities that exceed twenty (20) hour of work per week.

                                      

Articles X.    Placement and Reappointment:

Section 10.01 Resident Assistants are selected for a position for one academic year. University Housing’s decision to hire you as a Resident Assistant is limited to the contract period of the position.

Section 10.02 University Housing’s selection of an individual to serve as a Resident Assistant does not constitute a commitment to select the individual for the position for any subsequent period. University Housing is not required to give preference to prior Resident Assistants when selecting Resident Assistants for an upcoming year. Resident Assistants interested in serving in the position in a subsequent year are required to apply to the Returning Resident Assistant/Mentor Resident Assistant position.

Section 10.03 If a prior Resident Assistant requests University Housing will review a prior Resident Assistant’s performance evaluation as well as the Resident Assistant’s successful completion of tasks, demonstration of growth in and continued enthusiasm for the role, and other information when determining whether to select the individual as a Returning Resident Assistant/Mentor Resident Assistant.

Section 10.05 In the event that the Resident Assistant elects to study abroad after accepting the Resident Assistant position, the Resident Assistant will resign their position and will not be placed on the Alternate Resident Assistant pool.

Section 10.06 Resident Assistants will be assigned to a residence hall team based on the needs of the community as determined by University Housing.

Section 10.07 Refusing University Housing’s assignment will result in University Housing rescinding an offer of the Resident Assistant position. The Resident Assistant will not be placed on the Alternate list for another position within the same academic year.

Section 10.08 Residents Assistants may be reassigned on an as-needed basis at any time during the year at the discretion of University Housing or the Assistant Director.

Article XI.      Exiting, Termination, or Rescinding the Position:

Section 11.01 In the event that a Resident Assistant chooses to exit the position before the end of the contract period, the Resident Assistant must submit a letter of intent to exit the position to their Community Director/Academic Residential Community Faculty Director at least two weeks prior to the date they exit the position.

Section 11.02 Resigning the position without cause or inadequate notification will be noted on any reference that is prepared by University Housing.

Section 11.03 Resident Assistants who exit their position remain responsible for fulfilling all terms and conditions of their University Housing Residence Halls Contract, including any fees or costs that were previously paid on their behalf under this contract.

Section 11.04 Exiting Residents Assistants may be reassigned as a resident to another hall. If a Resident Assistant moves out of the residence hall after resigning their position, the Resident Assistant will be responsible for any fees and penalties for not fulfilling the University Housing Residence Halls Contract. Exiting Resident Assistants may petition to be released from the University Housing Residence Halls Contract. University Housing will determine in its sole discretion whether to grant a petition.

Section 11.05 Should either University Housing or the Resident Assistant end this position, any form of remuneration will cease on the day the Resident Assistant leaves the position. Violation of this contract may result in termination of the Resident Assistant’s housing in the residence halls. Depending on the reason for the Residents Assistants removal from the position, the University may take further disciplinary action against the Resident Assistant.

Section 11.06 Grievances pertaining to termination of the position or other adverse actions against the Resident Assistant should be directed to the Director of Residence Life and Educational Initiatives. Students may also file grievances through the University’s student grievance process.

Article XII.    Petitions:

Section 12.01 As described in the Resident Assistant Position Agreement, Residents Assistants are required to attend and participate in mandatory orientation, training, hall opening and closing, and other events and programs in their entirety. University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if a Resident Assistant is unable to commit to attend or does not attend orientation, training, hall opening and closing, and other mandatory events and programs. Excused absence from orientation, training, hall opening or closing, and other mandatory events and programs may be permitted at the discretion of University Housing or the Assistant Director.

Section 12.02 Resident Assistants are not permitted to enroll in or attend academic courses scheduled during mandatory orientation and training. Graduate students are permitted to submit a request for an exception. University Housing or the Assistant Director reserves the right to approve or deny the Resident Assistant’s request.

Section 12.03 Requests for exceptions to any requirement of the position due to extenuating circumstances may be made through a petition. University Housing or the Assistant Director reserves the right to approve or deny the petition.

Section 12.04 If a Resident Assistant’s petition is denied, the Resident Assistant remains required to abide by all obligations of the position. University Housing may terminate or rescind an offer of the position if the Resident Assistant is unable to do so.