Student Staff at St. Mary’s University are a central component to our Residence Life Office. They go through an intensive selection and training development process in order to be fully prepared to help our residents throughout their experience of living on-campus.
Resident Assistants (RAs)
RAs are live-in peer advisors and educators who work with residents to assist them in addressing their needs within a residence hall and the University community. RAs work to identify student needs and respond to those needs utilizing a residential curriculum grounded in the Catholic, Marianist heritage of the University. In doing so, they support students’ educational, personal, social, spiritual and cultural growth. RAs are also critical staff members in maintaining the safety and well-being of students living in the residence halls.
RAs are on duty in each residential area starting at 7 p.m. each night and ending at 7 a.m. each morning throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Additionally, an RA will be at each residential area’s main desk each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to ensure the safety of the community. The RA on duty is available to serve and share in the responsibility for maintaining a safe and secure living environment by enforcing University policies and addressing safety issues.
Community Coordinators (CCs)
The Community Coordinator is a peer advisor and educator who works with residents and faculty/staff in a specific Living Learning Community to bridge the residential and academic/program experiences. The role of the CC involves serving in a mentoring capacity and maintaining a community environment in the learning communities, which support a students’ educational, personal, social, spiritual, and cultural growth.
Hall Assistants are students hired through our University work-study program that provides support to the Area Coordinator and Graduate Assistants in their role of managing the operations of a hall office. They often serve as administrative assistants for the hall office, answering phone calls and questions received about the residence hall and campus resources. If you are interested in learning more about working as a Hall Assistant, contact the Office of Financial Assistance to find out if you qualify for work-study and any available openings for Hall Assistants.
Summer Assistants are seasonal positions hired within the Office of Residence Life. Summer Assistants are live-in peer advisors and educators who work with residents and conference guests to assist them in addressing their needs within a residence hall and the University community.
Requirements for Office of Residence Life student staff member:
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 semester GPA.
- In addition, student staff members must complete 67% of the credits registered for in the semester.
- Maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours as an undergraduate; 10 credit hours as a law student; 8 credit hours as a graduate student.
- Must be in good judicial standing.
- Must sleep in assigned hall bed space nightly, except for when time away has been approved.
- Staff members will refrain from any behavior which discriminates against an individual or group based on age, race, color, sex or any other protected category. Any employee found in violation of this requirement shall be subject to accountability, which may include disciplinary action and/or termination.
- The Office of Residence Life student staff member position is that of a role model. Any student staff member found responsible for a university/residential policy violation may be placed on employment probation or terminated from their position.
How to apply for a student staff position
- The RA Recruitment and Selection process begins in the Fall semester to be hired for the following academic year. Information sessions are hosted to learn more about the RA role and interested students must complete a RattlerTracks Application and participate in both the individual interview and group interview. RA offers will be sent out and the offer must be accepted or declined to serve in the RA position. Once RA offers are accepted, candidates begin participating in the RA Development class in the spring semester.
- The CC selection process begins in Spring semester to be hired for the next academic year. To apply for the CC position, you must have been an active member and/or be considered a part of the Living-Learning Community. Information sessions are hosted to learn more about the CC role and interested students must complete a RattlerTracks Application and participate in an individual interview. CC offers will be sent out and the offer must be accepted or declined to serve in the CC position. Once CC offers are accepted, candidates will participate in developmental training to prepare them for success in the position.
- The Summer Assistant selection process begins in the spring semester. Information sessions are hosted to learn more about the Summer Assistant role and interested students must complete a RattlerTracks Application and participate in an individual interview. Summer Assistant offers will be sent out and the offer must be accepted or declined to serve in the Summer Assistant position. Once Summer Assistant offers are accepted, candidates will participate in developmental training to prepare them for success in the position.