William and Mary

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my financial aid be affected if hired? If you receive financial aid, your aid package MAY be effected by the scholarship awarded as staff remuneration. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if accepting a position will change your aid package.
  • How much am I compensated for the position? On average, Resident Assistants, Housing Assistants, and Program Advocates work an average of 15 hours per week. The compensation includes a $3,000.00 per year stipend, room rent, and an additional $65.00 in the fall semester for freshman Resident Assistants. Compensated for other positions are computed differently based on work hours, stipends and room rates.
  • Can I interview if I am studying away in the spring? Candidates, who are studying away from campus during the spring semester may sign up for interview times in December prior to the end of the semester. Candidates unable to interview in person will participate in a phone or Skype interview. Candidates will sign up on line for an interview time (EST); however the Residence Life staff member conducting the interview will phone or Skype the candidate. Specify the contact phone number on the application or send it to your interviewer when number becomes available.
  • What are the GPA and student/honor conduct requirements? In order to be eligible, a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and an active student or honor sanction of less than probation during the application, appointment, and employment period are required. Student staff whose semester grade point average falls below a 2.0 may not be eligible for appointment or continuance. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be notified of ineligibility.
  • I am a non-US citizens. Are there any special considerations? All candidates who are Non-US citizens must first check with Stephen Sechrist, Director for International Students, Scholars & Programs [[sjsech]], Eva Wong, International Student and Scholar Advisor, ([[ywong]], or Emily Hogge, [[echogge]] at the Reves Center to verify the proper visa/work authorization and eligiblity to accept any of the Residence Life staff positions. 
  • I've signed up for an interview, but I don't recall the date, time or location. Where can  I find it? Login at Select the interview tab at the top of the page. Your interview information will be listed.
  • How will I be notified about my candidate status? All candidates who meet the eligbility requirements are sent an email for an interview. Once the interview process concludes and decisions are made, candidates are notified electronically to check status in the selection system. A statement at the top of the page in a yellow band will specify the decision. There are three decisions types.
    • Hire or Offer: Offers are for specific positions and indicate an assignment to an area, building and room. Offers may be in a single, double, triple or quad. Staff are given a specific time frame to select their roommate(s). That person(s) must have paid the room reservation deposit by the specified deadline. Some offers have additional conditions for placement (substance free, special interest housing and Tribe Square). Once an offer is accepted, hire packets are prepared for pick up in Campus Center 212. Included in the hire packet are forms and documents that are to be completed and returned to Residence Life by the specified deadline in order to keep the position.
    • Alternate: When there are more qualified candidates than positions available, candidates are offered an alternate status that must be accepted or declined. Those who accept the alternate status, will be contacted to fill staff vacancies as they occur. The alternate list is not ranked; candidates are selected for their ability to fill a particular staff position. If the alternate list is exhausted, the position will be advertised and new applications are accepted. In the event that a chapter member residing in a fraternity or sorority house is offered a student staff position after having signed a housing agreement to live in the fraternity or sorority house, the Chapter President must agree to release the member from house residency. By doing so, the Chapter accepts responsibility to fill that space or pay the established rate for that house vacancy. Approval may be granted via email provided the approval comes from the Chapter President's William and Mary email account.
    • Not Hired: Candidates who will no longer be considered for staff positions.
  • I am applying for a position, but the Room Reservation Deposit is due the same day. When should I pay the deposit? Candidates may pay the room reservation deposit at any time. If you are selected for a position, the deposit is refunded. Refunds take approximately 6-8 weeks.
  • Previously, Head Staff were notified of decisions earlier than other positions. Why has this changed? Staffing teams are developed based on all staff members being selected. Consolidating this process will allow the selection team to consider all positions at the same time. Furthermore, we recognize that applicants applying for multiple positions are waiting several weeks between decisions which will be eliminated.
  • Changes beginning in Fall 2015. In order to better assist residents, particularly related to lock-outs, duty will begin at 6:00pm nightly. Time in the duty office will end at 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and at 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday.