RA (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What is an information meeting? Are you required to attend to apply for the RA position?
- What does "Consideration for Selection" mean to applicants for the RA position?
- Are first year students eligible to apply for a Resident Assistant position?
- I would like to become an RA. However, I have several expenses that I would not be able to cover with just the stipend from the RA job. Is there any way exceptions can be made for first semester RAs to hold a job? Even on campus jobs?
- Can RA's waive their free room & board and receive free tuition instead?
- When filling out the “hours and years” sections of the RA application, should we include (or count) our current semester?
- I've been a commuter student for two years. Can I still try and become an RA even if I have not lived in the residence halls?
- Can an RA be married and have his or her spouse live with him or her in the residence hall?
- Are the benefit amounts shown per semester or for the whole year? And what happens when RAs are assigned roommates?
- How many hours does an RA work each week?
- What happens if I am hired as an RA in a residence hall where I do not want to work?
- Is it required that I have a reference from a Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD)?
- I am not able to take the “Leadership for dynamic communities (LDC)” course, because I will be studying abroad during the spring semester. Can I still go through the application process and make up for this requirement in some other way?
WHAT IS AN INFORMATION MEETING? ARE YOU REQUIRED TO ATTEND TO APPLY FOR THE RA POSITION?
Information meetings have been implemented, in order for applicants to comprehend what the RA job responsibilities and expectations are when they apply. Applicants will learn about each step of the selection process and have the opportunity to engage with members of the RA Recruitment & Selection Committee.
The information meeting is MANDATORY for anyone that is seeking to apply for the RA position and they MUST attend one of the following information meetings:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014- 9:30pm to 11:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014 - 9:00pm to11:00pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm; KSC, Governance Chambers
WHAT DOES “CONSIDERATION FOR SELECTION” MEAN TO APPLICANTS FOR THE RA POSITION?
Candidates who meet eligibility requirements and who complete the application will be reviewed by the RA Recruitment and Selection (RARS) Committee to be considered for selection. RA candidates will be evaluated based on the submitted application materials, cover letter/resume, essay question responses, and references. Candidates may then be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.
Candidates that are invited to enroll in a section of the Leadership for Dynamic Communities (LDC) workshop, which is held during the spring semester, must successfully complete this course and receive a recommendation from the instructor(s) to be placed in the “Eligible for Hire” pool from which Residence Hall Directors fill vacant staff positions.
Are first year students eligible to apply for a Resident Assistant position?
Undergraduate students must have completed at least 30 credit hours before they can become an RA. The application process, however, begins during fall semester, the first semester for most first year students; so, first year students can begin the application process during their first semester. They just will not be able to become an RA until the following fall semester or until they have completed 30 credit hours.
I would like to become an RA. However, I have several expenses that I would not be able to cover with just the stipend from the RA job. Is there any way exceptions can be made for first semester RAs to hold a job? Even on campus jobs?
Though this situation is understandable, first semester RAs are not allowed to hold other jobs. This requirement is in place to assure that they are able to balance their school work with the heightened responsibilities of the position. RAs do work very hard and their hours are not always convenient, so this first semester is seen as an adjustment period. After an RA has demonstrated the ability to prioritize responsibilities and balance academics with the RA position and outside interests, her/his RHD may give approval for the RA to take on a maximum of 10 hours of outside work.
Can RA's waive their free room & board and receive free tuition instead?
RA compensation packages are not able to be changed; however, if your reasons for asking are related to a scholarship or some other financial aid opportunity, you should contact Financial Aid here at Kent, and see if there is a way to adjust your scholarship/financial aid package. The phone number for that office is 330-672-2972 and it is located in room 103 of the Michael Schwartz Center.
WHEN FILLING OUT THE “HOURS AND YEARS” SECTIONS OF THE RA APPLICATION, SHOULD WE INCLUDE (OR COUNT) OUR CURRENT SEMESTER?
You should fill out the application NOT including your current semester information. So, if you are a first year/first semester student, you would have 0 credit hours and 0.00 GPA. This will not count against you, as long as by the beginning of the semester you would begin, you have acquired 30 credit hours and have maintained a 2.50 GPA.
I've been a commuter student for two years. Can I still try and become an RA even if I have not lived in the residence halls?
Students must have lived in university or college housing for at least one semester or quarter. While it may be helpful to have that experience on the Kent State University campus, that is not required. Students do not need to live in the residence halls at the time of application but must be able to provide a reference from their current/most recent Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD). .
Can an RA be married and have his or her spouse live with him or her in the residence hall??
Unfortunately, married students would not be able to have their spouses live in the residence halls with them.
Are the benefit amounts shown per semester or for the whole year? And what happens when RAs are assigned roommates?
Compensation is shown per semester. RAs receive compensation for whatever room they occupy during their time as an RA. RAs WILL BE assigned roommates in RA rooms that are capable of housing two students.
- 1st year RA without a roommate receive a stipend of $350.00 per semester bi-weekly
- 1st year RA with a roommate receive a stipend of $700.00 per semester paid bi-weekly
- 2nd year RA without a roommate receive a stipend of $375.00 per semester bi-weekly
- 2nd year RA with a roommate receive a stipend of $750.00 per semester paid bi-weekly
(The amounts above are for AY2014-2015 and are subject to change each academic year)
How many hours does an RA work each week?
There is no set number of hours an RA works any given week. Each week, RAs must have 10 community hours in their room/on their floor, where they make themselves available to their residents. They also have a staff meeting and a meeting with their supervisor once a week. Depending on the size of the staff, RAs can expect to be on duty about once a week (Sunday-Thursday), which lasts from 8pm through 7am the next morning. They will also have weekend (Friday-Saturday) duty several times a semester, which typically lasts from 8pm to 8am the next morning. Though they are not always actively working during these times, RAs must be in their rooms, prepared to respond to incidents and be available to residents.
Other RA requirements (programming, community building, Hall Council, training, etc.) vary from week to week and require as much time as needed to be completed effectively. RAs are strongly encouraged to spend more than just their community hours on their floor, though, because visibility among residents and frequent interaction is important in getting to know every resident, assessing the needs of the community, and creating student involvement by fostering activities to address the needs.
What happens if I am hired as an RA in a residence hall where I do not want to work?
RA candidates have an opportunity to express their interests in different communities across campus during the “Leadership for Dynamic Communities” course and the Meet & Greet session, which will be held prior to the RA Draft. This, however, is not a guarantee that they will be placed in these communities. If a candidate turns down a position after they have been placed, they forfeit their position as an RA and will need to reapply to be reconsidered.
IS IT REQUIRED THAT I HAVE A REFERENCE FROM A RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR (RHD) OR ASSISTANT RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR (ARHD)?
Yes, one (1) of your references MUST be from your current or most recent Residence Hall Director (RHD)/Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD). Applicants who currently reside ON campus must include a reference from their current Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD). Applicants who currently reside OFF campus must include a reference from the Residence Hall Director (RHD) or Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD) of the building in which they were located during their on-campus residency. Therefore, it is important to get to know these individuals through being involved in your community! The other two (2) references can be anyone the applicant choses except for family members or relatives of the applicant.
I am not able to take the "Leadership for dynamic communities (LDC)" course, because I will be studying abroad during the spring semester. Can I still go through the application process and make up for this requirement in some other way?
The “Leadership for Dynamic Communities” workshop is a vital part of our selection process, as it is designed to evaluate a variety of important RA skills: the ability to communicate, operate as a member of a team, demonstrate sound decision-making and organizational skills, etc. Because it would be impossible to replicate this experience outside of the workshop, applicants must be able and willing to participate in the “Leadership for Dynamic Communities” workshop during spring semester to be eligible to receive a recommendation for hire the following semester.
The only exception to this is for Mid-Year hires, who may be required to take the “Leadership for Dynamic Communities” workshop during their first semester as RAs. For these RAs, successful completion of the workshop and positive recommendations from their instructors are mandatory to be able to remain in the RA position.