First Summer Session begins
Tuesday, May 28, noon - noon
Second Summer Session begins
Monday, June 17, noon - noon
Men's Soccer Classic - Alfred vs. Morrisville
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Soccer Field
Friday, Aug 30, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Men's Soccer Classic - Oswego State vs. Houghton
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Soccer Field
Friday, Aug 30, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Oswego and vicinity
Thursday, June 6, noon - noon
Thursday, June 20, noon - noon
Resident Assistant positions are available through the Department of Residence Life & Housing. Resident Assistants are student staff members who live in and lead the residential community on our campus. The position is multi-faceted and inevitably exerts considerable influence on the lives of our students
Listed below are the major goals for the Resident Assistant and all Residence Life staff:
1. To provide an atmosphere within the residence halls, which fosters the development of a community based on consideration, respect and appreciation of all individuals
2. To assist students in their personal development and self-awareness
3. To foster an appreciation for the care of and respect for maintenance of the physical facilities to meet the health, safety and comfort needs of residents
4. To promote and develop an environment that is conducive to academic achievement and success
II. ROLES AND FUNCTIONS
RAs plan activities to promote the personal development of residents according to the Residence Life curriculum. RAs must complete the requirements of the programming expectations and interact with residents in a manner that reflects an understanding of student development theory and the philosophy of Residence Life and Housing. RAs utilize campus and community resources for programs and actively participate in Hall Council and support its functions. In addition, RAs are also expected to facilitate community builders for their residents to enhance relationships.
An RA utilizes communication and listening skills. RAs have an appreciation for diversity among residents while understanding the value of individual differences between people. The staff must know how and when to make referrals, respond appropriately to emergency and crisis situations, and possess basic knowledge of human behavior. As helpers, RAs must have knowledge of specific student issues and problem areas (suicide, substance abuse, sexuality, conflict resolution, etc.).
3. RESOURCE PERSON
RAs transmit information regarding Residence Life, the residence halls, campus activities, campus services, and academic services to residents. In addition to information sharing, RAs also understand and can communicate college policies and procedures to their peers.
RAs must submit information and paperwork in a timely and accurate manner. An RA must perform administrative tasks related to the operation of the residence hall. These tasks include: completing room inspection and inventory forms, surveying residents, completing incident reports, opening and closing the building, completing maintenance work orders, and other administrative responsibilities as outlined by the Hall Director. In addition, RAs must meet on-call responsibilities and fulfill meeting obligations.
5. ROLE MODEL/STUDENT
RAs are members of the college staff, who must follow all rules and regulations of the college and those of the Department of Residence Life and Housing. RAs establish an environment on the floor that is conducive to academic and personal growth and utilize study skills and time management techniques for personal success.
6. POLICY ENFORCER
RAs must promote a philosophy of self-responsibility, address self-defeating behaviors, and confront behaviors that are inconsiderate and detrimental to members of the community. Staff must communicate the rationale and philosophy of rules governing the residence halls. In addition, RAs must maintain relationships with students while consistently addressing inappropriate behavior(s) and referring individuals with recurring instances of policy violations to the Hall Director.
III. SPECIAL DUTIES
Resident Assistants are required to:
1. Return to campus on posted training dates for fall and spring semesters. They are expected to stay past the closing of the hall after the fall semester and 24 hours after spring semester closing. Also, RAs are required to stay past closing and arrive prior to opening during mid-semester break periods and vacations.
2. Perform on-call responsibilities as outlined by the respective Hall Director and notify the Hall Director of plans to be away from campus prior to departure. RAs are encouraged to spend one weekend per month away from campus.
3. Participate fully in fall and spring semester pre-service training programs, as well as in hall in-service and any other training programs. All RAs are required to attend, and participate in, ongoing in-service training throughout their specified term of employment. This involves group meetings that include discussions to help ease the transition to the RA position, RA/RM Staff Selection Process.
4. Attend weekly staff meetings and meet individually with Hall Director upon request.
5. Conduct floor meetings.
6. Develop, over the first three weeks of the semester, a Community Living Agreement for the floor.
7. Complete community building and/or programming requirements as outlined.
8. Perform duties for Dining Services as outlined in "RA/RM Relationship to Dining Services." RAs are subject to the review of Dining Services personnel in the performance of their Dining Center duties. The one-half of a full board plan is funded through Auxiliary Services.
Resident Assistants are responsible for duties assigned by the Director of Residence Life and Housing or his designees.
The Resident Assistant Job Description is the basis for the Resident Assistant performance review and evaluation. Failure to fulfill required job expectations in a satisfactory manner or a violation of college policy or rules governing residence halls will be grounds for the termination of a Resident Assistant appointment.
PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT & other pertinent information
RA appointments are for an entire academic year. During the term of appointment, an RA cannot participate in any Student Teaching experience or full-time internship except in Mackin. All RA's who wish to sign up for part-time internship must have prior approval from Renée Landers, Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing. Fall semester graduates are not eligible for appointment except in Mackin Hall.
Resident Assistants must be full-time students at SUNY Oswego during the period of employment and must have attained sophomore status by the time of appointment.
To be eligible for appointment, the cumulative G.P.A. must be a 2.40 or above and the previous semester's grade point average must be a minimum of 2.00. Neither summer school nor winter session will be an option to improve the cumulative G.P.A. for those who do not meet the minimum requirement. These academic standards must be maintained during each semester of employment to be in good staff academic standing. However, RAs who, after at least one semester of employment, have a semester G.P.A. of 2.00 or greater AND a cumulative G.P.A. between 2.20 - 2.39 or a semester G.P.A. between 1.71 - 1.99 AND a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.40 or greater will be placed on "Staff Academic Probation." All RAs placed on "Staff Academic Probation" must participate in the Residence Life and Housing H.E.L.P. (Helping Employees Learning Performance) Program. If the RA does not wish to participate, or does not complete the H.E.L.P. Program, the RA will not be permitted to continue as a RA.
RAs must have lived in a residence hall for at least one semester. Candidates must enroll in CPS 301 (Critical Issues in Student Personnel) prior to employment or during the first semester of employment. Also, candidates must successfully complete CPS 301 with a minimum of a "C" average (2.00). Failure to meet the GPA standard in the class will minimally result in retaking the course the following semester.
Compensation is a single room waiver and one-half of a full board plan for each academic year of service. The Department of Residence Life and Housing provides installation and monthly service fees for RA room telephones, voice mail, and Resnet. Consequently, RAs are expected to have a working room telephone, with answering machine or college voice mail, as a condition of employment.
Residence Life and Housing reserves the right to assign or relocate RAs based on department needs.
Important information you should know:
RA Grade Requirements: RAs must maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.40 and must have a minimum G.P.A of 2.00 during each semester of employment to be in good staff academic standing. Neither summer school nor winter session is an option to improve the cumulative G.P.A. for those who do not meet grade requirements.
RAs who, after at least one semester of employment, have a semester G.P.A. of 2.00 or greater
AND a cumulative G.P.A. between 2.20 - 2.39 or a semester G.P.A. between 1.71 - 1.99 AND a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.40 or greater will be placed on "Staff Academic Probation." All RAs/RMs placed on "Staff Academic Probation" must participate in the Residence Life and Housing H.E.L.P. (Helping Employees Learning Performance) Program. If the RA does not wish to participate or does not complete the H.E.L.P. program, the RA will not be permitted to continue as a RA.
Pledging: RAs wishing to join a Greek Honor Society must request approval to do so in writing to the Residence Life and Housing RA/RM Committee. If an RA wishes to join a Greek social/service organization, he/she will not be permitted to do so during the fall semester, nor during their first semester of employment. If an RA wishes to join during the spring semester, they must have written approval from their Residence Hall Director and the RA/RM Committee prior to the start of the semester.
Staff Expectations: RAs/RMs/GRMs are essential to the success of our residence life program and in-appropriate staff behavior undermines the efforts of all staff to provide a quality and positive residence life experience.
Role modeling is a significant component of the RA/RM/GRM position. Student staff is expected to comply with College policies, federal, state and local laws while on or off campus. This is particularly true when alcohol and drugs are involved. Also, student staff is expected to uphold the College policies on campus by confronting those who are violating these policies. It is very difficult for student staff to enforce rules that they, themselves do not observe. Staff who violate rules lose credibility and respect of the residents and compromise other staff members. Essentially, staff that engage in these behaviors cannot effectively fulfill their job responsibilities. It is difficult to keep a person in the position who has violated College policy.
Staff members who are of legal drinking age and under the influence of alcohol must be aware of the impact their behavior has on residents. Student staff members who are underage and decide to drink alcohol or violate other College policies, federal, state and local laws jeopardize their staff positions. When an incident is brought to our attention, we will investigate the circumstances and the status of the staff member's employment will be reviewed. Our department assumes that staff is aware that their actions, especially violations related to alcohol or drugs, will likely result in their termination from their position.
CPS 301 - Current Issues in Student Personnel: RAs must enroll in CPS 301 (Critical Issues in Student Personnel) prior to employment or during the first semester of employment. Also, candidates must successfully complete CPS 301 with a minimum of a "C" average (2.00). Failure to meet the GPA standard in the class will minimally result in retaking the course the following semester.
Involvement: RAs are encouraged to be active in clubs or organizations or hold significant leadership positions outside of the building with the approval of the hall director and appropriate central staff member. An RA may not hold employment other than the Resident Assistant assignment, or become involved in an outside activity for no more than 10 hours per week. Resident Assistants are expected to devote a considerable amount of time and energy to this position. It is expected that, with the exception of academic pursuits, Resident Assistants will place their duties ahead of other personal and professional commitments.
Disciplinary Probation: RAs will not be hired or begin employment if they are on disciplinary probation or have disciplinary charges pending.
Period of Employment: RA appointments are for an entire academic year. During the term of appointment, an RA cannot participate in any Student Teaching experience or full-time internship except in Mackin. All RA's who wish to sign up for part-time internship must have prior approval from Renée Landers, Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing. Fall semester graduates are not eligible for appointment except in Mackin Hall.