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Important Dates:

Info Sessions

  •  Sept. 13
    • 7-8 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Sept.  21
    • 7-8 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Oct. 4
    • 7-8 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Oct. 9
    • 7-8 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100


  •  Sept. 13 @ Core Campus
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 @ Mell Hall
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 @ Library Bridge
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 @ Library Bridge
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


  • Fall 2017
    • TBD

Resident Assistant Position Description 2018-2019

RA Position Description

Our Mission:

University Housing & Dining strives to create supportive and challenging environments that enrich and nourish lives. Further, we seek to be the premier campus community in the country. Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of furthering this mission and vision.

Inclusion Statement:

We proudly commit to preparing our students and staff to thrive in a global community. We seek to understand and affirm all identities, engage in residential community dialogue, and promote an inclusive and supportive residential community environment.

Residential Experience Model Learning Goals:

We believe an intentional residential experience is transformative. We believe that students will learn and grow in specific ways while living on-campus. Through facilitating the Residential Experience Model, Resident Assistants will mentor residents to explore who they are, connect with others in the community, engage academically, and lead in meaningful ways.

Through the residential experience we provide, we believe that students will learn and grow in the following areas:


  • RAs will promote residents exploring who they are by:Serving as mentors and role models to their residents. RAs hold diverse perspectives and often draw on their own experiences to guide their peers through the Clemson experience.Developing relationships with residents. RAs are expected to have regular one-on-one interactions in order to get to know each resident individually. RAs help to connect residents in the community to one another.Articulating their own identities and demonstrating an ability to speak to others across areas of social identity through their interactions with residents.


  • RAs will connect with residents in the community by:Assisting residents in proactively addressing individual and community conflict.Working with residents to maintain physical space within the community. Residents are encouraged to take appropriate care of their assigned space and the community as a whole.Engaging in sustainable practices supported by Residential Living and Residential Learning and empowering residents to do so.Holding residents accountable to the Code of Conduct, University Housing Contract & Rules Regulations, and community standards and norms.


  • RAs will engage academically by:Creating a community that is conducive to academic success. RAs should be aware of basic academic policies and refer students to a variety of academic resources.Regularly interacting with Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty Friends, or Living-learning Community partners and encouraging residents to engage with faculty outside of the classroom.Providing opportunities for residents to reflect on their major choices, career aspirations, etc. as that they pursue their degree. RAs play a part in facilitating a culture of lifelong learning.


  • RAs will lead in meaningful ways by:RAs are leaders within their residential community and the larger Clemson community. RAs should also support residents’ leadership development through the encouragement of involvement in the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and community council(s).RAs are encouraged to utilize Communities of Inclusion (COI) resources to build inclusive residential communities and global citizens.

A Resident Assistant must meet the following qualifications:

Please fully review the RA position description for more information regarding position responsibilities, requirements, and remuneration and benefits of the RA position.


  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Clemson University.


We prioritize academic success and your role as a student and want to support you. These policies are designed to support and enhance your academic career.

  • Resident Assistants must be enrolled as a full-time student at Clemson University.
  • Resident Assistants must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment. (Some Living-learning communities may require a higher GPA.) A staff member’s semester and cumulative GPA will be checked each semester.
  • Resident Assistants are academic role models. Any issue of academic dishonesty will be addressed.
  • Resident Assistants will take EDC 3900: Student Development, Leadership, and Counseling for the University Paraprofessional as a pre-service requirement of employment. EDC 3900 is a 3-hour credit course, and an RA must earn a C or better in the course.

EDC 3900

  • Resident Assistants will take EDC 3900: Student Development, Leadership, and Counseling for the University Paraprofessional as a pre-service requirement of employment. EDC 3900 is a 3-hour credit course, and successful completion of the course is required.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Stipend: Resident Assistants are paid on a stipend basis with stipend amounts divided equally amongst pay periods falling within the dates of employment. Most positions are paid a stipend of $4,020.00 for the academic year. Any differences for specialized positions will be noted in that particular position’s Employment Agreement. Work hours may vary week to week.
  • Meal Plan: University Housing & Dining believes in the community that is created through relationship building with one another over food. A meal plan is provided as a means to allow them to engage in the community that is created in dining halls and retail venues on-campus. Staff are encouraged to provide meaningful feedback to Dining in partnership with one another to enhance our offerings for students.
  • Housing Assignment: Resident Assistants are provided with a private room. In the event of higher than expected occupancy, an RA may be assigned a temporary roommate. Resident Assistant rooms will be billed at the designated RA rate. (The RA rate for the 2017-18 is $2540 and will be subject to annual rate increases.)
  • Note: The value of the housing rate and meal plan is applied as a resource to a student’s financial aid account. Please consult with a financial aid counselor if you have questions about the impact to available aid.
  • Discounts: Resident Assistants receive a discount at the University Bookstore..


If you have questions about your eligibility, or need more information about the Resident Assistant position, please contact


Beginning Sept. 5, click here to apply.