RA 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 submit any inquiries to our Contact Us page. Additional details will also be provided during our Information Sessions.
A: Yes, we highly encourage residential and commuter student leaders of all class years to apply.
A: This process is completely separate from applying for an RA position in the undergraduate colleges. In fact, you can apply for a position in the UGCs and in West Apartments (provided that you qualify). Applying to the West Apartments is known as becoming an ARA, their website can be found here.
A: Yes. Applications only remain active one calendar year. To be considered for a position in the upcoming academic year, you must re-apply.
A: No. All applicants must meet the requirement of at least a 2.50 semester and cumulative grade point average.
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.
A: Typically the answer is no. We ascribe to this policy because, as a RA, 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 Student Staff Selection Committee CampResRAinfo@stonybrook.edu.
A: While we do know that a significant number of current RAs leave their position each year, it is not possible to accurately predict how many vacancies we will have.
A: There is no set schedule for the RA position. In general, staff meetings usually occur on Tuesday nights around 8:00pm followed by Hall Council meeting around 10:00pm. RAs 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 RHD, health & safety inspections and programs are set in conjunction with their supervisor.
A: RA training is held a week or two prior to new student arrival in the fall. If you are offered an RA position, the exact dates of employment will be listed in your Statement of Understanding.
A: Yes. RAs 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 Residence Hall Director/Quad Director.
A: Yes, as a RA, you will be responsible for participating in the check out and check in process for building residents.
A: RAs hold highly esteemed positions, as such they are also held to high standards of conduct and performance. RAs 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 RAs should consult their supervisor, the University Student Conduct Code, and the residential Terms of Occupancy.
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, RAs are awarded a full room cost waiver and 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.
A: Consult with the professionals at the Career Center. Please visit their office and/or website (http://www.career.sunysb.edu/) for additional information.
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.
A: Yes. RA training will aid you in developing your communication skills as well as many other interpersonal skill sets.
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.
A: In most instances, an RA applicant may be able to select a roommate during the annual Room Selection process given roommate eligibility and deadline requirements have been met.
A: Yes. Any student at Stony Brook, regardless of their marital/parental status, is eligible to apply for the RA position. Should you be selected, you would be placed in family housing that coincides with your particular situation.