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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.

 

Application Process

Q: Can first year students, transfers and/or commuters apply to be RAs?

Q: How do I apply for an RA job at West Apartments?

Q: If I submitted an RA application last year do I still need to submit one this year?

Q: If my GPA falls below the minimum requirement after the application process begins will I still be considered for the position?

Q: Will everyone who turns in an application get an interview?

Q: If I'm found responsible for a community standards incident, can I still become a Resident Assistant? 

Q: How many openings are there for each semester?

 

Commitment

Q: What are the regular time requirements for a RA?

Q: How long is the RA training?

Q: If I'm a RA, can I hold another job?

Q: Do I have to stay until the residence hall is closed or return before the residence halls open?

Q: What are some circumstances under which a RA could lose their position?

 

Miscellaneous

Q: Will the RA compensation affect my financial aid?

Q: How can I get more information on writing a resume?

Q: What if I'm offered a position in the building I don't want to be in?

Q: I'm not comfortable with confrontation; do you get trained for that?

Q: Can I pick what building I want to be placed into?

Q: Can I pick my own roommate?

Q: I would like to apply for the RA position but I am married and/or have children. Can I still apply?

 


 

Application Process

Q: Can first year students, transfers and/or commuters apply to be RAs? 

A: Yes, we highly encourage residential and commuter student leaders of all class years to apply.

 

Q: How do I apply for an RA job at West Apartments? 

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.

 

Q: If I submitted an RA application last year do I still need to submit one this year? 

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 2.50 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 a Resident Assistant? 

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.

 

Q: How many openings are there for each semester? 

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.

 

Commitment

Q: What are the regular time requirements for a RA? 

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.

 

Q: How long is the RA training?

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.

 

Q: If I'm a RA, can I hold another job? 

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.

 

Q: Do I have to stay until the residence hall is closed or return before the residence halls open? 

A: Yes, as a RA, you will be responsible for participating in the check out and check in process for building residents.

 

Q: What are some circumstances under which a RA could lose their position? 

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.

 

Miscellaneous


Q. Will the RA 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, 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.

 

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. I'm not comfortable with confrontation; do you get trained for that? 

A: Yes. RA training will aid you in developing your communication skills as well as many other interpersonal skill sets.

 

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. Can I pick my own roommate? 

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.

 

Q. I would like to apply for the RA 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 RA position. Should you be selected, you would be placed in family housing that coincides with your particular situation.

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