RA Deadline Poster

Staff Selection

2014-15 Job Description

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 13th, 2014 - Application Materials Available
  • Wednesday, January 15th & Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - Information Meetings, 9 p.m. Tartan Room
  • Monday, January 20, 2014 - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - RA Tabling in Lowry during Lunch
  • Friday, February 7, 2014 - RA Applications Due to the Office of Residence Life
  • Monday, February 10, 2014 - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Returning Staff Interviews
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Leadership Session I  - 9 p.m., Tartan Room
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Leadership Session II - 9 p.m., Tartan Room
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - Leadership Session III - 9 p.m., Tartan Room
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Leadership Session IV - 9 p.m., Tartan Room
  • Monday, February 24, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014 - New RA Individual Interviews
  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Group Processing Round 1 - Kauke Hall - 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Group Processing Round 2 - Kauke Hall - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Group Processing Round 3 - Kauke Hall - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Students interested in applying to be a Resident Assistant must full out the Resident Assistant Application Form and both Recommendation forms and turn them in to the Office of Residence Life by February 7, 2014. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Amber Zifzal, Associate Director of Residence Life at 330-263-2021.

A Completed Application Must Include:

  • 2014-2015 New RA Application (.docx) or 2014-2015 Returning RA Application (.docx)
  • Two (2) Completed Recommendation Forms (.docx) (One (1) Faculty Staff and One (1) Residence Life)
  • A Resume & Cover Letter
  • Participation in at least Two (2) of the Four (4) Leadership Sessions (Applicants are encouraged to attend all sessions)
  • Participation in a Group Interview & Individual Interview Session
  • New RA's will be able to sign up for their Individual Interviews starting February 1, 2014.

The Cover Letter should summarize the applicant's interest in the position and highlight why the applicant is an exceptional candidate. Applicants are encouraged to seek out Career Planning for any help in revising your materials.


Q. What are the minimum requirements I need to meet in regards to academic and judicial standing in order to be an RA?

A. During the application process professional staff members review judicial records and the academic standing of each applicant.  All applicants, as well as current staff members, must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.  When reviewing judicial records we are looking to ensure candidates do not have a significant judicial history.  If you have specific concerns regarding your academic or judicial standing, do not hesitate to speak with any professional staff member regarding those.

Q. How does the RA position affect my financial aid?

A. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 330-263-2317 to find out how the compensation would affect your individual package.  This is a very important step in the process as the RA position may affect each person’s financial aid package differently.

Q. Can I have other jobs while being an RA?

A. RAs are not allowed to hold off-campus jobs during the academic year, but they can work up to 10 hours in another on campus position.  However, if the RA's supervisor feels that they are over-extended due to extracurricular commitments and are not fulfilling their responsibilities as a RA, this may be a place where the individual is required to make changes.  If you have questions about this policy, please feel free to talk more with a professional staff member from our office.

Q. In what and how many co-curricular activities am I allowed to participate?

A. Co-curricular opportunities are an essential part of the college experience, so we do not set a time limit for these kinds of activities.  However, it is important to remember that the RA position must be your first priority after your academic work.  We want our RAs to be well-rounded involved students without burning themselves out. If we feel that an RA is over-extended and is not fulfilling their responsibilities as an RA, these would be the types of commitments we’d ask staff to re-prioritize.

Q. What is the department’s policy regarding RAs using/possessing alcohol or drugs?

A. It is important (and necessary) for the department to uphold The Scot’s Key (.pdf) as well as local, state, and federal laws.  There is no tolerance for illicit drug use amongst the staff.  If an RA is found responsible for the use of illicit drugs, a potential consequence may be the immediate loss of their RA position.  We take a similar stance when it comes to alcohol.  Residence Life staff who are 21 or older and choose to consume alcohol are expected to do so responsibly.  If an RA who is under the legal drinking age is found responsible for the misuse of alcohol, a potential consequence may be the loss of their job. We want to be clear and honest about this policy to all RA candidates as we recognize that the choice to be an RA may not be for everyone.