RA (Frequently Asked Questions) | Kent State University

RA (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is an information meeting? Are you required to attend to apply for the RA position?

Information sessions are optional, but are encouraged for candidates who are looking for more information about the RA role, have questions about the RA application process, or are hoping to network with current RAs and Residence Services professional staff.

How do I know if I am still under consideration for selection in the RA position?

Candidates who meet eligibility requirements, register for the Peer Leadership Training Course , and who complete the application will all be reviewed by the RA Recruitment Committee to be considered for selection. RA candidates will be evaluated based on their submitted application materials, essay question responses, performance in the Peer Leadership Training Course, and references. Candidates no longer under consideration will be notified as soon as possible. Outcomes to the RA application process include being selected as an RA, being placed into the alternate pool for further consideration for any future vacancies, and not being selected.

Are first year students eligible to apply for a resident assistant position?

Yes, first year students are eligible to apply for a resident assistant position; however, to be hired as an RA, all candidates have to complete at least 30 total credit hours by the time of hire. The RA hiring process begins in November of each school year and concludes by April. At that time, hiring decisions will be finalized and placement or standing in the process will be shared with applicants. This timeline usually gives first semester first years ample time to accumulate 30 credit hours before they are hired and placed for the following school year.

Can RAs work a second job?

First semester RAs are not permitted additional or outside employment. The requirement is in place to assure that first semester RAs are able to balance their schoolwork with the heightened responsibilities of the position. Second semester RAs who are performing well in the job and display the ability to prioritize responsibilities and balance academics may be permitted by their supervisors to take on a maximum of 10 hours of work off campus.

Can I still try and become an RA if I have never lived in the residence halls?

Students must have lived in university or college housing for at least one semester or quarter to be eligible to be hired for the RA position. Transfer students who have lived on campus for a semester or quarter at another institution are also eligible for the RA position.

Can an RA live with a partner or spouse in the residence hall?

Unfortunately, married students are not able to live with their spouses in the residence halls in the RA position.

What are the benefits of the RA role?

Please see our Benefits page for further information.

How many hours does an RA work each week?

The maximum amount of hours an RA would ever work in a week is 28, however, the number of hours will often vary from week to week. Each week, RAs must have 10 community hours in their hall, 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 8 PM through 7 AM the next morning. They will also have weekend (Friday-Saturday) duty several times a semester, which typically lasts from 8 PM to 8 AM the next morning. Though they are not always actively working during these times, RAs must be present in their rooms, ready to respond to incidents, and available to their communities while on duty.

Other RA requirements such as programming, community building, Hall Council, and training can vary from week to week. RAs are strongly encouraged to spend more than just their community hours on their floors, as visibility among residents and frequent interaction is important in getting to know every resident, assessing the needs of the community, and creating student involvement.

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 recruitment process but there is no 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.

Do RAs have roommates?

Yes, the vast majority of RAs across the Kent State campus have a roommate. Selected candidates are able to choose a particular roommate, or can have a roommate assigned if they prefer.

Do I have to register for the Peer Leadership Training Course (PLTC)?

Yes, to continue in the RA selection process, candidates must register and successfully pass the PLTC. Residence Services staff observe each PLTC session and evaluate overall performance, along with Peer Leadership Trainers.

What if I've already taken and passed the Peer Leadership Training Course (PLTC) prior to applying for the RA position?

Individuals who have already successfully completed the PLTC may indicate completion on the RA application. There is no need to register or take the course again. Prior completion will not impact candidacy.

Can my RA serve as a reference?

Yes, your RA can serve as a reference. If you have a strong relationship with an RA, RHD, ARHD, or anyone from Residence Services staff, they may be an excellent source for a reference. Please keep in mind that all references for the RA position should be able to speak to a candidate’s qualifications and skills necessary for the RA position. Whenever asking for a reference, make sure to give the reference time to complete the task, and ask them in a professional manner prior to submitting their information as a reference.

Are there any steps I can take to make my application more competitive?

A strong RA application will demonstrate your personality, interests, leadership, and involvement on campus. Hall Council can also be an excellent way to gain leadership skills and experience programming. It may also be useful to utilize resources such as those found at Career Exploration and Development to prepare for your in person interview with Residence Services staff.