RDs are typically graduate students. Graduate students receive an assistantship, which provides a stipend ($6000 for a nine month contract) and a tuition waiver for nine semester hours for the fall and spring semesters (nine months). Graduate Assistants must be enrolled full-time (nine graduate hours) and maintain a 3.0 GPA as well as good standing with the University. Any other employment is not permitted during the academic year. Requests for other employment during the summer will be considered on an individual basis.
RDs are provided a furnished living facility with all utilities with a minimum estimated value of $900 per month. They must adhere to University policies and procedures as stated in the Residence Hall Student Handbook and Residence Life Staff Handbook. Living facilities are for the staff member and their spouse/children only. Marriages must be recognized as legal in the State of Tennessee. Any exceptions would have to be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
RDs are expected to reside and be visible in their assigned facility while employed and to maintain presence in the assigned apartment overnight during the week and weekends, except during approved time off. RDs are allowed to be away from their hall five weekends (Friday-Sunday) per semester. A weekend off may be substituted for days during the week. Notification to his/her immediate supervisor is to be made in writing prior to leaving; preferably two days’ notice. Any additional leave requires a written request to and approval from the Associate Director of Housing, Residence Life.
In the event of resignation or termination of contract, the RD will be required to vacate the assigned apartment/living facility immediately.