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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Work Expectations

Q: Will I participate in on-call duty rotation?

Q: Are there standard work hours for RHD/ALCs?

Q: Are there standard expectations for how RHD/ALCs dress for work?

Q: Do RHDs work during school breaks?

Remuneration & Perks

Q: Some people have mentioned "location pay." What is that?

Q: Is tuition remission available?

Q: How soon will I receive my paycheck? Are RHD/ALCs paid weekly?

Q: What can you tell me about benefits?

Q: Does remuneration include a meal plan?

Q: Do I have to pay for parking on campus?

Living on Campus

Q: What amenities are provided in the RHD/ALC apartments?

Q: May I have someone else live with me?

Q: May I bring my own furniture with me? May I paint the apartment?

Q: Am I permitted to have a pet in my apartment?

Q: Do staff apartments have private/outside entrances?

Q: Do I have to have renters insurance?

Contract & Summer Information

Q: What are the differences between the 10 month and 12 month positions?

Q: If I am on a 10 month contract will I get paid over the summer? What about health benefits for that period? Do I have to move out of my apartment?

Q: Are there opportunities for promotion at SBU?

Q: Are there opportunities for summer employment?

 

Work Expectations

Q: Will I participate in on-call duty rotation?

A: Yes. During evening and weekend hours throughout the academic year RHD/ALCs are grouped by area of campus and share duty coverage with 6 – 10 other Professional Staff members in that area. When you are duty you are asked to remain on campus and be available by a cell phone provided by the University.
Additionally, during the Thanksgiving weekend, winter intersession, and spring break RHD’s are required to participate in an all campus duty rotation.

Q: Are there standard work hours for RHD/ALCs?

A: Yes. Office hours are held from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Mon - Fri. During these hours you will attend meetings, hold disciplinary conferences and open office hours, have individual meetings with RA's, etc. One evening per week is reserved for meetings with your RA's and building legislature. There will certainly be times when you will work beyond these hours in order to fully meet your obligations. (i.e. check-in weekend, Homecoming and Spirit Week, periodic programs and activities).

Q: Are there standard expectations for how RHD/ALCs dress for work?

A: Yes, we expect that one's wardrobe will reflect an accurate level of professionalism. Therefore, business casual attire is required. Specifically, jeans, sneakers, shorts, tank tops and flip flops are not to be worn during work hours. Beyond that, we ask that you use your judgment and wear clothing that supports a view of you as a person of authority.

Q: Do RHD/ALCs work during school breaks?

A: Yes, professional staff members are expected to be at work every day except University holidays or absences which have been previously approved by your direct supervisor (which are not always the same as days when classes are not in session.) Of course, every RHD/ALC earns vacation and sick days each month. Vacation days can be used throughout the year or for specific periods, such as the December holidays, the week between Christmas and New Years, Spring Break or during winter intersession. Holiday information for state employees can be found under the State Employee heading on the Human Resource Services Holiday Schedules page.

 

Remuneration & Perks

Q: Some people have mentioned "location pay." What is that?

A: Location pay refers to an amount of money you will receive in your paycheck in addition to the published salary for your position. It comes as a result of the agreement between SUNY and UUP (the union which collectively bargains on your behalf.) Since Long Island has a higher cost of living than other areas of New York , employees at the Long Island/metro NY SUNY schools receive this extra pay. The amount is currently approximately $3000 per year.

Q: Is tuition remission available?

A: Yes, tuition remission is available. The current practice is for the University to provide support towards one course per year. In addition, you can apply to UUP (the labor union) to provide support for one course each semester and each summer session. UUP will approve requests based on available funds. Stony Brook is a state university and therefore tuition is extremely reasonable for courses taken beyond those two courses per year.

Q: How soon will I receive my first paycheck? Are RHD/ALCs paid weekly?

A: Professional employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Very often, an employee's first paycheck is received about a month after employment begins. We suggest you take this into account when making your plans for your first 4 – 6 weeks here at SBU.

Q: What can you tell me about benefits?

A: RHD/ALCs are eligible for a wide variety of benefits including insurance for health care, dental services and vision care. The health insurance program is participatory (meaning the employee pays a fee for membership in a particular plan) and the dental and vision are free of charge as a benefit provided by the union (UUP). Details regarding plan choices and coverage options (single, family, spouse/domestic partner) and starting dates are available through the university website.

Q: Does remuneration include a meal plan?

A: We're sorry to say that we do not offer a meal plan to professional staff.

Q: Do I have to pay for parking on campus?

A: Parking permits are free for University staff members. These permits are not for assigned or guaranteed spots. The permits allow you to park in any available staff or student space.

 

Living On Campus

Q: What amenities are provided in the RHD/ALC apartments?

A: Apartments are furnished with living room, bedroom & kitchen furniture. There is a full kitchen with stove/oven, sink and refrigerator (no dishwasher or microwave, though you are welcome to bring the latter.) RHDs have access to the same laundry facilities as the residents of that building. The apartments also come with free high speed broad band internet access, a digital phone with voice mail (standard analog phones are not compatible with our system), and premium cable including HBO 1 and 2. All staff apartments have at least one room which is air conditioned.

Q: May I have someone else live with me?

A: Yes. Stony Brook University understands that there are a variety of arrangements. Therefore, children and/or a spouse/domestic partner/roomate may reside in your apartment. We do require, however, that you inform your quad office of the name(s) of the person(s) residing with you (ID may be required) and we prohibit you from collecting any fee from someone for sharing the apartment.

The University will require that all live in guests pass a background check (criminal and sexual offender registries) at a cost to be covered by the staff member hosting the guest before the individual will be permitted to take occupancy of the space. The live in guest will also be required to meet with a Senior Staff member of Residential Programs as a pre-requisite to occupancy.

Q: May I bring my own furniture with me? May I paint the apartment?

A: Certainly. We would like you to feel at home here at SBU. So, if you have your own living room, bedroom or kitchen furniture please feel free to bring it with you. We ask you to do two things prior to arriving. First, please ask for the dimensions of the apartment or come and see it yourself after your placement has been made, so that you can be sure that the furniture you want to bring will be appropriate to the space provided. Second, please let the Quad Office Manager know your plans so that the University provided furniture can be moved out before you arrive. 

Unfortunately painting of the apartment is prohibited but you are free to make it feel like home with other wall decorations.

Q: Am I permitted to have a pet in my apartment?

A: Professional staff members are asked to abide by the same policies as the student residents of the halls, which means that fish are the only pets permitted. Many people are allergic to pets such as cats and dogs, and animal dander in furniture upholstery, mattresses, carpeting, can prove to be difficult for the next resident of your apartment. 
*Stony Brook University can make exceptions to this rule for service animals when proper medical documentation is provided.

Q: Do staff apartments have private/outside entrances?

A: About half the staff apartments have exterior entrance doors in addition to the entrance door inside the building.

Q: Do I have to have renters insurance?

A: Yes, we require all professional live in staff to obtain renters insurance to protect their valuables and belongings. There is no minimum or maximum coverage required. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy with your respective quad office.

 

Contract & Summer Information

Q: What are the differences between the 10 month and 12 month positions?

A: Twelve month positions are for ALCs who work in one of the 3 apartment complexes, which are year-round operations. The ten month positions are for RHDs who work in the Residence Halls, which are closed during the summer. 

Q: If I am on a 10 month contract will I get paid over the summer? What about health benefits for that period? Do I have to move out of my apartment?

A: The 10 month contract runs August 1 - May 31 but the salary is spread over the whole year and benefits continue over the summer. RHDs returning to their position for the next fall may remain in their apartment. Every year we renovate a small number of buildings. RHDs in those buildings are relocated during the renovations period.

Q: Are there opportunities for promotion at SBU?

A: We love to reward outstanding performance with promotions. For example, many of our departmental senior staff is comprised of former SBU hall directors. Other RHDs have gone on to work for areas such as Academic Advising, Orientation, Career Services, and Student Activities.

Q: Are there opportunities for summer employment?

A: Yes. If you are hired as an RHD (10 month contract) you will have the opportunity to apply for summer employment.

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