What is an RA?
The Resident Advisor (RA) is a full-time, undergraduate or graduate student who – under the supervision and direction of the Community Director – serves as an educator, counselor, administrator, role model, friend, and team member for the residents of a floor or wing in a residence hall.
The RA works to create and maintain a healthy environment for the academic and personal growth of the students within their assigned living unit. In carrying out their duties, the RA is expected to treat other students, supervisors, and fellow employees with courtesy and respect.
What kinds of people apply to be RAs?
You don’t need to have been the student body president of your high school, the captain of a sports team, or the leader of a student organization to understand what leadership is. Resident Advisors (RAs) are simply students who understand that a leader is developed, not born.
Carolina Housing provides some of the greatest true-to-life training a student could ask for. By working for Housing, YOU could develop skills for the future, succeed academically, and make friends for a lifetime.
What's the general timeline?
Information sessions: November/December
Application opens: Late October/Early November
Individual Interviews: January
Should I apply for on campus housing?
If you plan to live on campus whether you are offered the RA position or not:
- Elect to sign up and complete a housing application during the regular housing application process
- A candidate should consider this option if they are/were planning to live on campus for the 2020-2021 school year independently of their consideration to apply and interview for the RA position.
- If selected to be an RA, we will assign you to an RA Staff Room and transfer your contract to the new RA Staff Room assignment.
If you ONLY plan to live on campus IF you are offered the RA position:
- Elect not to sign up/complete a housing application during the regular housing application process until after the candidate has been notified of their offer for the RA position.
- A candidate should consider this option if they did not originally plan to live on campus but have since been offered an RA position.
- As a staff member that has been offered an RA position you will then complete your housing application and then our assignments team will assign you to a RA staff room.
Note: The Housing Application will remain open beyond the returning resident process, but your options will be limited the longer you wait to sign up for a bed space.
Questions not answered here?
If the information here does not answer your questions about the position and how to apply, please contact Maureen Rodgers at email@example.com
We hope to see your application to be an RA very soon!
This link will take you to the application website where you will need to web authenticate using your Onyen and password. Once you have logged in, you will see the landing page. It will be blank as there will be no “action items” for you to complete until you begin the application. Navigate to the left hand side of the screen and select “job profile” to begin the process and create your profile. Once created you can access the “job postings” and apply for the open position. You will receive a confirmation email once you submit a completed application with any follow up steps you need to be aware of. In future visits to the site, any action items that you need to do to complete the phase of the process will be visible on the home page.
Q&A for 2020-2021 Student Staff Employees
As an RA, am I considered a student or employee for healthcare coverage? What is available to me? Do I have additional resources available should I get COVID-19?
Part-time student employees are not eligible for health insurance through the University. All eligible students enrolled in the UNC System Colleges and Universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, are required to have health insurance coverage. For more information about Health Insurance, please see https://campushealth.unc.edu/charges-insurance/mandatory-student-health-insurance
For information regarding resources available to UNC Students, please see https://campushealth.unc.edu/
Carolina Housing will follow all future UNC System guidance on human resources policies that apply to student employees. At this time, the UNC System has not recommended any change to pay for student or full-time employees.
What is Carolina Housing's commitment to my agreement? For example, would I receive administrative leave pay if the university were to close again?
Carolina Housing will follow all future UNC System guidance on human resources policies that apply to student employees.
We are currently working to procure Community Protective Equipment. We will provide face masks for all student employees and are installing plexiglass or other barriers as appropriate for physical distancing at community desks. We will provide gloves for certain tasks (i.e. handling of keys, enhancements, etc).
The University is still working to finalize Community Protective Equipment Standards. You can find the most up-to -date standards at CarolinaTogether.unc.edu. We will discuss enforcement during student staff training. The goal is for this to be a community effort and education will be a critical focus.
Yes. We will train you in the expectations & Protocols related to Community Protective Equipment.
Below are some of the guidelines we will have for check in. You can also check out https://carolinatogether.unc.edu/housing-and-dining/. We are continuing to finalize these plans.
- We will have portable plexiglass barriers at each check-in location.
- Student staff will be expected to wear masks.
- Student staff will have the option to wear gloves.
- Hand sanitizer will be placed close to the check-in table.
- Students and their move-in helpers will be expected to wear masks.
- There will be a limit to how many move-in helpers each student can bring during check-in.
- We will ask residents to sign up for a move-in shifts that have been extended over several days to reduce traffic during move-in.
- Elevators will have capacity limits and no student staff will operate elevators during check-in.
- Stairwells will be one-way where possible.
- We are currently working on a communication plan to get this information out through our website, social media, mailers, and signage during move-in.
All spaces throughout the university will have increased cleaning in frequency of common “high touch” areas (including elevator buttons and exterior door handles) and restrooms throughout each day. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in buildings and common areas.
Below are some of the guidelines we will have for community offices.
- We will have portable plexiglass barriers at all front desks.
- Student Staff will be expected to wear masks.
- Student Staff will have the option to wear gloves.
- Hand sanatizer will be placed in the lobby closest to the community desk.
Will enhancements still be available for resident check out? If so, what safety measures will be in place?
Enhancements are being organized into groups for a phased approach on priority items, such as mallets for opening or vacuum cleaners for daily use. Protocols for returning and cleaning items are being developed. Items that are harder to clean will not be checked out, such as board games. Feedback on the process will be collected from hall staffs before decisions are made on whether to continue or expand enhancement check-outs.
Except for Carmichael, Ram Village, and Parker, all rooms have been vacated since May 20th. Carolina Housing professionals staff members completed walkthroughs of every residential room during the month of May and June. Before opening, Housekeeping will clean each residential room, lobby, and restroom.
Once a room is cleaned, the door is shut and locked.
What will happen with Carolina Housing employment if required to self-isolate or quarantine, and I'm unable to complete my job duties?
If an RA is required to self-isolate or quarantine, they will remain on staff and continue to receive the same pay other RAs.
What will the process look like if a student needs an isolation or quarantine space, and how are RAs involved?
The RAs will not be involved in this process. Residents may reach out to you, but your involvement will be limited to reporting student health concerns through our Advocate Care Reporting system as trained. You will have no responsibility from Carolina Housing to help with students once they are relocated to isolation or quarantine buildings. For Parker and Manning West RAs, we are relocating the community offices and key boxes. You will not enter Parker or Craige North
I plan to take classes remotely this fall. Can I defer my position to spring or fall 2021? Would I be eligible for administrative leave?
You cannot defer your position because we cannot hold a vacant spot during the Fall. This would mean residents would not have an RA in the Fall. You can decline your position and be moved to the alternate pool. Please email your CD if you would like to do this.
We are happy to post these on our website if that is helpful. See this page.
Not at this time. Carolina Housing will follow all University Guidelines regarding travel. We will not create any additional guidelines for student staff.
System and university guidance will be provided in such a situation. Numerous factors related to the time of the semester and number of students on campus will determine the process.
How can we attend to resident needs while balancing privacy as well as personal safety and distancing?
This is a critical question. We will be asking you to do as many things via technology as possible, however, there will be times where in-person service is required. We will ask you to rely on our protocols and your training to determine which approach is needed for a situation. As always, you will be supported by your Community Director and the Community Director On Call to help with creating this balance.
Routine Health and Safety Inspections have been suspended until further notice. When they resume, amended protocols and training will be provided.
We are still in the process of determining exact programming requirements; however, programming will be achieved through a combination of virtual, passive, and small group formats. We are adhering to University guidance that non-classroom gatherings may not exceed groups of 10 people with space for social distancing and the requirement of masks being worn.
What does the RA role look like now that community and interpersonal interactions have changed? What aspects will be done virtually vs. in person?
Virtual/online follow-up with residents will be the preferred method. This includes intentional interactions. If a situation requires face-to-face contact then guidelines for privacy, social distancing, and mask wearing will be provided. If an RA and resident are both comfortable meeting face-to-face while wearing masks and social distancing then they may do so even if the situation could be handled virtually.
Yes. With the altered training schedule, we will provide you with 3-4 templates that you can utilize for your first boards.
Are we permitted to return earlier than July 24 to self-quarantine? Will we be allowed or required to self-quarantine upon return to campus?
Student employees who have been directed by public health officials to self-quarantine or self-isolate should not return to campus until cleared by health officials. If a student employee is directed by health officials to be quarantined or isolated after arriving on campus they may be housed in one of the residence halls that has been set aside for this purpose.
During the spring move-out process, Carolina Housing received positive feedback on the limit of 50 students moving out per appointment time in each community. The number of student staff per community is low enough that it is not necessary to schedule staggered times.
If, after I am provided with my room assignment, I no longer wish to be an RA, what will that process look like?
Please reach out to your Community Director to express your concerns. If after talking to your CD, you no longer want to be an RA, you can send them a resignation email.
Can RAs to share a suite in communities with shared bathrooms to limit the number of people RAs are exposed to?
No. RAs are assigned within the communities in which they serve to provide visibility and availability to their residents.
Residence halls will operate at normal capacity, with a limited number of rooms held for residents with immunocompromised conditions as approved by Accessibility Resource and Services.
Roommates in residence halls will be treated as a single household and, for this reason, will not be required to wear a mask while inside their own room. Face masks must be worn by students and staff in indoor common spaces, including in common areas outside of rooms. We are expecting full occupancy in the residence halls made available this fall.
From July 27th - 31st training is scheduled from 9am to 7:30pm with meal breaks scheduled. After training, staff will complete any remaining opening preparation work and work shifts for check-ins for early arrivals from July 31st - August 2nd and for regular check-ins from August 3rd - 10th. While there is not designated time off, there will be blocks of time after July 31st when staff may not be working based on the shifts for which they have signed up.
Virtual trainings will be held via synchronous Zoom meetings or asynchronous pre-recorded sessions for any topic that such a format is possible. In person training will occur for sessions that cannot be conducted virtually and still be effective, such as Behind Closed Doors. In person training will follow guidelines of groups no larger than 10 people, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing as much as possible.
One of my biggest concerns is the elimination of one on one contact. My residents that had problems last year were mostly roommate related and they felt unsafe in their own space to bring it up at fear of the roommate hearing. If there are roommate confli
As you know, every student need is different. There may be student needs that can be addressed virtually. However, if in-person assistance is needed, we will ask that everyone use appropriate CPE measures. This always includes wearing a mask and may include reserving a larger space in the community to allow 6 foot distancing.
In terms of interacting with residents, could there be a rule or requirement that when interacting with RA's, residents must be wearing a mask or would that be up to every individual resident/RA to enforce?
Residents will be asked to wear a mask when interacting with staff members. If a resident is not wearing a masks, staff can ask them to put a mask on. If that is not possible, staff can ask the student to create physical distancing.
While we will follow University guidance on mask requirements, we are still working through accountability. We want staff to be able to ask residents to put a mask on, but we also do not want to place the accountability fully on the shoulders of our staff. Your first response will always be to ask them politely to put a mask on. If they refuse, you will have the ability to remove yourself from the situation and call a CD.
All student staff who submitted a request to attend training late received an answer on the morning of 6/10/20. If you submitted a request and did not receive an answer, please contact your Community Director as soon as possible. We have currently approved 96% of requests and have approved 100% of requests who had conflicts due to the training schedule change.
Now that we have the results from the form you all completed, we have a better idea of our need for reassignments. With such a high return rate, we are expecting very few relocations. As of now, these will be restricted to relocating some RAs originally placed in Parker Community and Manning West Community. The RAs in Parker and Manning West will receive a separate email asking about their preferences.
In response to the Chancellor’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, they have been selected as buildings to be held in the event that the University needs isolation or quarantine spaces for students. We will not place RAs in Craige North or Parker.
Please visit the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Website at https://eoc.unc.edu/what-we-do/accommodations/ . You will see a button at the top right to "Request Accommodations."
We recognize that your decision to serve as an RA may change as this ongoing situation unfolds. We will respect the decision of any Carolina Housing student staff member who change their mind and elects to resign at any time.
You will find the general Resident Advisor Letter of Agreement attached along with our Ethical Principles. Please be aware that this is our standard RA Letter of Agreement. Granville, Ram Village, RLP RAs, and LT all receive LOAs with variations specific to those positions. If this applies to you, the appropriate documents will be sent to you with your hire paperwork and you will have one week to review, sign and return your Letter of Agreement along with your other hiring paperwork.
You may find stipend information here: https://housing.unc.edu/about-us/employment-opportunities/student-positions. We always recommend that you contact Scholarship and Student Aid with any financial aid questions, https://studentaid.unc.edu as the impact of the stipend is specific to each student’s aid package.
Yes. We are currently planning virtual “spring meetings” for mid to late June. You will receive an email from your CD in the coming weeks.
RAs will reside in a single occupancy rooms. Some of these rooms will be in suites or apartments with residents. Our staffing structure in each community is unique. Some RAs will have their own floors and some may share floors.
We currently expect to offer limited Winter Break Housing to those with hardships. Details will be made available at a later date.