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Important Dates:

Info Sessions

  •  Sept. 15
    • 7 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Sept.  21
    • 7 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Sept. 29
    • 7 p.m.
    • Brackett Hall 100
  • Oct. 2
    • 7 p.m.
    • Holmes Hall Basement (location updated)

Library Bridge Tabling

  •  Sept. 14
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 15
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 26
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 29
    • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


  • Fall 2016
    • Monday, October 31 – Friday, November 4

Resident Assistant Position Description 2017-2018

RA Position Description

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.

We believe an intentional residential experience is transformative.

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


  • Residents engage in a process of gaining personal awareness and understanding who they are as individuals. Residents begin to develop a sense of purpose by exploring their interests and values in a new and challenging environment.

Living in Community

  • We encourage residents to meaningfully interact and form positive relationships with others in their community. This includes learning about someone different from themselves, navigating roommate relationships, and being accountable to other members of their residential community.

Intellectual Engagement

  • We encourage environments where residents can find value in becoming a lifelong learner. Residents should be able to engage with faculty and academic partners, utilize campus resources, and navigate major/career choices.

Global Citizenship

  • Residents should develop an awareness of issues impacting the community and the world. We also want them to have the capacity and desire to take action to make positive, sustainable change. This means offering opportunities for leadership development and engaging the community around change.

The primary role of an RA is to engage with residents in ways that further the goals of Residential Life.The following description provides more information about specific roles and duties of RAs:

Facilitating the Residential Experience

  • RAs are foremost 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.
  • RAs will develop relationships with residents and are expected to have regular one-on-one interactions in order to get to know each resident individually.
  • RAs are responsible for connecting students within the residential community and encouraging interactions between and amongst residents.
  • RAs should be visible and available within the community in order to assist residents.
  • RAs are responsible for creating a community which is conducive to academic success.  RAs should be aware of basic academic policies and refer students to a variety of academic resources.
  • RAs assist residents in proactively addressing individual and community conflict.
  • 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 will articulate their own identities and be able to speak to others across areas of social identity. An RA must demonstrate a commitment to social justice through interactions with residents.
  • RAs should engage in sustainable practices supported by Residential Life and empower residents to do so.
  • RAs should use their provided meal plan to build community by eating in the dining hall with residents, attending or hosting events in the dining hall, bringing faculty or staff into the dining hall, etc.
  • RAs will meet weekly with their supervisor(s) and with their staff to ensure good communication about the community and goals/tasks associated with the position.
  • RAs work 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.
  • RAs help to promote safety by assisting in the management of keys (at the community desk), serving in an on-call rotation, and addressing incidents in the community regarding resident behavior.

Due to the essential nature of the RA role, RAs are held to a high standard and are expected to consistently uphold the duties of their position.  Please refer to RA Departmental Expectations 17-18 for more specific details about RA roles and duties.

A Resident Assistant must meet the following qualifications:


  • 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 are academic role models and must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 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.
  • If a staff member is pre-employment, meaning that they have not started the first semester of their RA role, a semester or cumulative GPA below 2.5 will result in individual consultation and academic action plan with an Academic Initiatives staff member.
  • If a staff member has served in their role for at least one semester, an RA will be placed on academic probation throughout the following semester should their semester or cumulative GPA fall below a 2.5. Two consecutive semester GPAs below 2.5 could result in termination from the position.
  • If the staff member’s GPA falls below the 2.5 requirement, they will be notified and made aware of academic forgiveness policies that may increase the GPA. If able to successfully reach the 2.5 cumulative requirement by a given deadline, the staff member will be required to meet with a member of the Academic Initiatives staff to create an academic success plan for the following semester. If not, the staff member will be terminated from the position.
  • Graduate students must be in good academic standing with their department or school.
  • Additionally, any issue of academic dishonesty may also be addressed and may result in termination.

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.

Staff placement is at the discretion of University Housing & Dining staff. The staff assesses needs of each community, as well as the strengths and talents that an individual staff member can bring to that resident population and the staff team. The department strongly considers any “conflict of interest” that may affect placement, including such things as family relationships, dating relationships, etc. that may occur on the same staff.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Stipend: Most positions are paid a stipend of $3,523.50 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.
  • University policy currently states that students may not work more than 28 hours per week. Your Housing position will be your primary employment and all expected hours will need to be allotted for this position before other work for pay can be considered. Please be reminded that secondary work for pay (on or off campus) should only be taken in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Employment Period: Resident Assistants are paid on a stipend basis with stipend amounts divided equally amongst pay periods falling within the dates of employment.
  • Resident Assistants are provided a private room at the double occupancy rate. In the event of higher than expected occupancy, RAs may be assigned a temporary roommate.
  • RAs are provided an unlimited meal plan as a tool to build relationship and community.
  • Resident Assistant rent is discounted by 15% from the student rate.
  • Resident Assistants receive a discount at the University Bookstore.

Departmental Expectations for Resident Assistants

RA Departmental Expectations

Resident Assistants (RAs) are held to a high standard and are expected to consistently uphold the duties of their position. This document outlines departmental expectations of the position.  Additional expectations will be shared by your supervisor(s) and/or Living-Learning community partners during the Resident Assistant Leadership Institute (RALI) in August to address staff-specific or community-specific needs.   Staffs are encouraged to set expectations for one another, including peer-to-peer and RA-to-supervisor.

We believe an intentional residential experience is transformative. RAs play a key role in creating and shaping environments that contribute to the resident experience.

The resident experience is facilitated through the learning goals of the Residential Experience Model (REM). RAs should get to know residents individually and establish appropriate relationships with them in order to provide the best experience not only for the community but for each individual resident.

Encouraging Self-Exploration

  • RAs assist in the personal development of residents. This includes understanding the needs of specific student populations but also developing an understanding of a particular resident’s needs.
  • RAs should be aware of and work to connect residents to appropriate resources that will assist in their success at Clemson University (and beyond).
  • RAs will help and assist residents with concerns, and follow up with CARE or crisis situations, as appropriate or as directed.
  • RAs should encourage residents to explore individual interests and passions. This includes promoting opportunities to engage in organizations, events, etc. in the Clemson community.
  • RAs will articulate their own identities and be able to speak to others across areas of social identity. RAs should encourage dialogue around the area of social identity in their community.
  • RAs will live in congruence with their espoused values and encourage residents to do the same.

Creating Opportunities for Living in Community

  • RAs encourage interactions among community members and provide opportunities for residents to connect to one another.
  • RAs understand how to mediate roommate conflicts and work with residents to achieve mutually beneficial resolutions.
  • RAs assist in maintaining the physical space of the building by encouraging residents to care for the community and reporting maintenance issues as they occur.
  • RAs are responsible for holding residents accountable to the Code of Conduct, Housing contract, and local, state, and federal law. Incident reports should be completed in the appropriate timeframe.
  • RAs create and maintain environments that promote mutual respect among residents. RAs should report bias incidents.
  • RAs assist in maintaining a safe community for all residents in residential communities. RAs will know and explain all safety and emergency standards and procedures to all residents who reside in the community.
  • RAs are responsible for serving in a night and weekend on-call capacity. RAs will be provided with crisis training that must be utilized in order to respond to emergency situations that may occur in the community.
  • RAs are provided with a meal plan to be utilized as a tool in fulfilling their RA responsibilities.  This includes, but is not limited to,: eating with residents in the dining halls, attending or hosting events in the dining halls, bringing faculty in for meals with students, providing secret shopper feedback to dining services, etc. RAs are required to complete a dining survey at least once per month.  

Facilitating Environments for Intellectual Engagement

  • RAs are academic role models.  RAs are encouraged to utilize academic services and resources for their personal success.
  • RAs assist in the academic development of residents. This includes creating environments where residents can be academically successful and providing specific referrals based on resident’s needs.
  • RAs should encourage residents to engage in opportunities to use problem-solving skills.
  • RAs should engage with faculty and academic partners within the community to create environments where residents and faculty can interact outside of the classroom.

Engaging in Global Citizenship

  • RAs are leaders in their communities and should encourage leadership development in residents.
    • RAs actively support RHA/NRHH by attending meetings, events, etc. RAs are expected to submit Of the Months (OTMs) per NRHH requirements.
  • An RA must demonstrate a commitment to social justice through interactions with residents.
  • RAs should engage in sustainable practices supported by Residential Living and empower residents to do so.

Maintaining a High Standard as Role Models

  • RAs will role model Clemson core values of integrity, honesty and respect.
  • RAs adhere to the Clemson Code of Conduct and Housing Contract.
  • RAs will portray themselves appropriately through online personas, i.e., through use of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other social media outlets.   Inappropriate behavior and/or poor representation of the department through social media will be addressed by a supervisor.
  • RAs will be trusted with confidential information.  RAs are expected to be ethical and show integrity with the use of confidential information.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • RAs work with their staff team and supervisor(s) to oversee the opening of the residential community prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters, as well as closing of the residential community at the end of fall and spring semesters. RAs will check in/out residents, complete room inspections, work the community desk, and complete other tasks as assigned.
  • Each Resident Assistant is required to work 3 hours per week at a community/area desk. If the hours at a particular community desk are full, an RA will be assigned permanently to another desk to complete their assigned hours.
  • RAs will keep open communication with their supervisors including, but not limited to, returning phone calls promptly, checking office mailbox and email daily, and maintaining a voicemail system. Open communication also means regularly informing supervisor(s) of incidents, concerns and solutions related to the community and its residents.

Expectations Regarding Staff Time Commitments

  • RAs may register for up to 18 academic credit hours per semester.  RAs who need to register for   more than 18 credit hours a semester should consult with their supervisor and academic advisor for approval.
  • RAs must discuss extracurricular involvement with a supervisor.  RAs are encouraged to extend their leadership in many ways, but we wish to ensure that all RAs are engaging in good time management.
  • University policy currently states that students may not work more than 28 hours per week. Your Housing position will be your primary employment and all expected hours will need to be allotted for this position before other work for pay can be considered. Please be reminded that secondary work for pay (on or off campus) should only be taken in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Supervisors should be consulted in the event that an RA plans to do a co-op or internship, or is student teaching, or doing nursing clinicals to address time in and out of the community, availability to residents, and overall management of tasks.  Having a co-op, internship, student teaching, or nursing clinical while in the RA position must be pre-approved.
  • RAs will follow all dates of employment as listed in the Employment Agreement and Community Operational Dates.
  • Approved time away (time away is minimally defined as any time that you do not plan to sleep in the building) must be granted by your supervisor. Approval processes may vary from supervisor to supervisor, but all communities are required to maintain half-staff requirements. Please see your supervisor for more information regarding how to submit time away requests.
  • Staff should wear appropriate attire, when completing specific job tasks, that attends to professionalism and safety. RAs should wear proper footwear when working at the community desk and while completing community walks. RAs should also appropriately identify themselves in their role during these instances, as well as while completing opening and closing functions of the building. This may include wearing a particularly assigned shirt, nametag, etc.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • RAs may be required to complete additional tasks and/or responsibilities at the discretion of the department or the supervisor.

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

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