Residence Life Staff
There is a team of professional and student staff in the Office of Residence Life who are trained to respond to a variety of student issues. On the “front line” are the Resident Advisors (RAs). They are undergraduates living in the residence halls who respond to issues such as roommate/housemate conflicts, noise complaints, disruptive behavior, and adjustment needs, to name a few. In addition, they offer educational, cultural, and social programs to stimulate residents outside of their classrooms and foster community within their residence hall. Students are encouraged to first consult with their RA about problems before going to their Graduate Hall Director (GHD), Assistant Director, or Director.
RAs receive support from the Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs). They are graduate students who live in the residence halls. Each GHD provides supervision for a small staff of RAs and serves an on-call function for emergencies. In addition, they help the RAs manage their programming budgets, provide support to the Director of Residence Life, and oversee special projects as needed.
The Assistant Director of Residence Life is another support for all residents in campus housing. The Assistant Director coordinates many of the housing and assignments processes, including room transfers, housing assignments, the guaranteed waitlist, and check-out procedures from the residence halls. The Assistant Director serves as a hearing officer for judicial cases and sits on a number of campus-wide committees, supporting the Director of Residence Life in coordinating residence life programs.
The Office of Residence Life is led by the Director of Residence Life. Responsibilities of the Director include coordinating all residence life functions and programs such as Housing Assignments for new students and the Housing Lottery for returners. The director determines housing policies and procedures and supervises all of the Residence Life staff. In addition, the Director serves on various campus committees. As you can see, there are numerous staff resources available to you within the Office of Residence Life.
The Residence Life staff develops positive relationships with students through their many interactions outside the classroom and within the residential setting. We are familiar with the stresses you endure as students at a prestigious institution, and interact with you at your “home away from home.” Please feel free to contact any of the aforementioned staff members to learn more about Residence Life or to address any concerns.