RA FAQs

• How do I get paid?
RAs can choose to receive a paycheck twice a month or have their total salary applied to their fees, otherwise known as a rent scholarship.

Do I get to choose my own roommate?
Yes. Any RA can choose to have a roommate. RAs in Centennial and Buc Ridge are required to share their apartment and may request a roommate or have one randomly selected.

• Do I get to choose where I will live?
The RA application asks for assignment preferences, which are considered but not promised. All of the buildings are different and have advantages as well as disadvantages. Returning RAs are given consideration for their preferences before new staff.

• Do I have to be currently living on campus to be an RA?
No but you have to have lived on campus at ETSU for one semester or have RA experience at another campus.

• When do I return to campus for training?
For fall training – about 2 weeks prior to the first day of class, and for spring training – about one week prior.

• What about the RA class?
The RA class should be taken within the first two semesters of employment. The course can be taken for credit (2 credit hours) or non-credit. It meets from 3:00 to 4:20 on Mondays and Wednesdays for the first 10 weeks of the semester. It is offered in both fall and spring semesters.

• Can I have another job?
Yes, as long as it does not interfere with your RA responsibilities and scheduled duties.

• Can I be an officer in a campus organization?
RAs are encouraged to be actively involved in the campus, live balanced lives, and to pursue leadership opportunities outside residence life. The key is time management.

• How much time will I work each week?
RAs live where they work and can be called upon for assistance at any time. In addition, RAs are role models at all times. The actual duty hours and time given to other RA responsibilities varies in each hall and depends, to some extent, on your residents. Typically, RAs work one duty night (4:30pm to 8:00am) per week and, on average, 3 weekends a semester. They are required to attend weekly staff meetings and have individual meetings (one-on-ones) with their RD/ARD. Time spent on programming, bulletin boards, door decs, and meeting with residents varies depending on your residents and what you do. RAs are expected to be available to residents on more than just their duty night. Being an RA requires time management and commitment. Most RAs excel academically, are involved with campus activities, and have another job.

• What is a one-on-one?
One-on-ones are individual meetings with your RD/ARD to discuss your progress as an RA, problems on your floor, setting goals, and anything else pertinent to your success as a student and employee. One-on-ones usually occur weekly for the first few weeks of the semester and less frequently, thereafter, as staff become more familiar with their roles and responsibilities.