ARA Frequently Asked Questions
The following pages provide the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the RA position, application process, time commitment and expectations. Should you have any further questions, please email ApartmentRAInfo@stonybrook.edu. Additional details will also be provided during our Information Sessions.
Q: If I submitted an ARA application last year do I still need to submit one this
A: Yes. Applications only remain active one calendar year. To be considered for a position in the upcoming academic year, you must re-apply.
Q: If my GPA falls below the minimum requirement after the application process begins
will I still be considered for the position?
A: No. All applicants must meet the requirement of at least a 3.0 semester and cumulative grade point average.
Q: Will everyone who turns in an application get an interview?
A: Candidates who submit completed applications and reference forms with professional resumes prior to the deadline and who meet GPA and judicial requirements will be eligible to move forward in the process.
Q. If I'm found responsible for a community standards incident, can I still become
an Apartment Resident Assistant?
A: Typically the answer is no. We ascribe to this policy because, as an ARA, you are regarded as a role model within the community. As such we cannot allow a student staff member to hold a position with a significant history of community standards infractions. However, cases may be reviewed on individual merit. If you believe your case does merit review, please contact the Apartment Resident Assistant Selection committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How many openings are there for each semester?
A: While we do know that a significant number of current ARAs leave their position each year, it is not possible to accurately predict how many vacancies we will have.
Q. What are the regular time requirements for a ARA?
A: There is no set schedule for the ARA position. In general, staff meetings usually occur on Tuesday nights around 9:00pm. ARAs are also required to participate in the nightly duty rotation beginning at 7:00pm. Additional scheduled requirements such as one on one meetings with their ALC, health & safety inspections and programs are set in conjunction with their supervisor.
Q. How long is the ARA training?
A: ARA training is tentatively schedule for the week of July 20 - July 25th. If you are offered a ARA position, the exact dates of employment will be listed in your Statement of Understanding.
Q. If I'm an ARA, can I hold another job?
A: Yes. ARAs are permitted to hold a job outside of the position for no more than 10 hours a week unless prior approval has been given from their Apartment Living Coordinator/Quad Director.
Q. Do I have to stay until the apartment living community is closed or return before
the apartment living community open?
A: Yes, as an ARA, you will be responsible for participating in the check out and check in process for building residents. The apartment areas are open year round
Q. What are some circumstances under which an ARA could lose their position?
A: ARAs hold highly esteemed positions, as such they are also held to high standards of conduct and performance. ARAs may be released from their positions or not renewed for a subsequent employment period if they do not meet standards and expectations held by the University, the Department of Residential Programs, or their supervisor(s). For more detailed information regarding expectations ARAs should consult their supervisor, the University Student Conduct Code, and the residential Terms of Occupancy.
Q. Will the ARA compensation affect my financial aid?
A: Yes. Most types of financial aid are based on calculations associated with the cost of attending the institution (e.g. FAFSA's Expected Family Contribution). As part of the compensation package, ARAs are awarded a full room cost waiver with the option of adding a partial meal plan cost waiver. This compensation affects the final cost of attending the institution and as such will affect the amount of financial aid awarded.
Q. How can I get more information on writing a resume?
A: Consult with the professionals at the Career Center. Please visit their office and/or website (http://www.career.sunysb.edu/) for additional information.
Q. What if I'm offered a position in the building I don't want to be in?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the choice. If you don't want to reside within the building listed on your offer letter, you can decline the position. Keep in mind; if you choose to decline your offer then your application is removed from the waiting pool.
Q. Can I pick what building I want to be placed into?
A: No. As a policy, we cannot accommodate all individual preferences for placement. This is because we assign placement according to factors that include interview performance, applicant Undergraduate College affiliation, current or future position vacancies, etc.
Q. I would like to apply for the ARA position but I am married and/or have children.
Can I still apply?
A: Yes. Any student at Stony Brook, regardless of their marital/parental status, is eligible to apply for the ARA position. Should you be selected, you would be placed in family housing that coincides with your particular situation.