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Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex

Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year, the position Graduate Resident Assistant (GRAs) will be referred to as Resident Assistants at the Graduate Complex. This name change recognizes the diverse demographics of both student staff and residents in the residential complex.

Resident Assistants at the Graduate Complex at William & Mary are part-time student staff members responsible for an assigned area in the residence halls (as defined in the Employment Agreement). The Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex is a member of the Residence Life staff reporting directly to the Community Director - Graduate Complex, the Area Director, the Associate Vice President for Student Affair, and ultimately to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Resident Assistants will comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Student Handbook, the Student Housing Agreement, the Manual for Student Staff, the Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex Employment Agreement, the Student Acknowledgement of Confidentiality in Working with Administrative Data Agreement and the written expectations provided by the Area Director. The RAs work a maximum average of fifteen (15) hours per week over the course of the spring and fall semesters according to the dates as specified in the  Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex Employment Agreement.

Community Development
  • Facilitate development of community by creating opportunities for residents to interact; conduct hall meetings; educate residents about self-determination; oversee development and revisions, when appropriate, of the Community Agreement; and initiate discussions between roommates through use of the shared space expectations document 
  • Plan, organize and implement community development initiatives that meet needs of residents according to departmental community development  philosophy
  • Mediate conflicts that may occur between roommates and among residents
  • Develop and post bulletin boards as directed
  • Support Community Council by recruiting student leaders and by attending Community Council meetings and events
  • Address individual student needs and concerns
Administrative Responsibilities and Communication
  • Assume responsibility for identifying, reporting and correcting safety and security concerns; educate residents about safety and security measures
  • Record and report information as outlined on departmental and area-specific forms (keys, inventories, service requests, incident and care reporting system, room inventories, weekly reports, surveys, etc.). Complete other paperwork as required and directed by supervisor
  • Serve as a resource, referral, and communication agent. Distribute paperwork, flyers, brochures, etc. according to instructions. Serve as liaison between residents and Residence Life
  • Develop and maintain relationships with residents and university personnel
  • Abide by university policies; confront, enforce, and report violations of policies and inappropriate behavior in the assigned area. Assist campus officials or other responsible parties elsewhere on campus when requested to do so
Training, Meetings, and Duty Responsibilities
  • Attend staff meetings, training sessions, in-services, and individual meetings with supervisor; work as a member of area staff
  • Assume on-call duty responsibility as scheduled, including fall, Thanksgiving, semester, and spring breaks; complete rounds of assigned buildings as directed
  • All Residence Life student staff are considered essential personnel and are required to be present to provide assistance during crises and emergencies (hurricanes, building/system failures, fire watches, student death, etc.) as long as the university and/or residence halls remain open and occupied
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority and Responsible Employee as defined by the Clery Act and Title IX
  • Assist with the opening and closing of the residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester and other officially scheduled breaks
  • Respond to crises and emergencies as directed in established protocols or as directed by supervisor or other management staff
  • Assume other duties as assigned
  • Must be a candidate for admission or currently enrolled, full-time degree-seeking graduate student at William & Mary
  • Must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for application, appointment, and continuance. Student staff whose semester grade point average falls below a 2.0 may not be eligible for appointment or continuance. 
  • Must not have a conduct or honor sanction that is equal to or more stringent than probation during the application, appointment, and employment period
  • Must return to campus prior to the official opening of both the fall and spring and must remain after the official closing of both the fall and spring semesters as specified in the Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex Employment Agreement
  • Must not hold other employment on or off campus during the employment period without written permission from the Area Director; such employment should not exceed ten (10) hours per week nor should it interfere with duties noted in the Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex position description
  • Student staff members hired for the subsequent year must attend job orientation meetings conducted in the spring semester
  • Must agree to be listed in the university staff directory in electronic format
  • Must set up voicemail with the provided telephone and phone number on the campus phone system
  • Room rent as specified in the Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex employee agreement
  • $3,000 stipend paid semi-monthly
  • Student staff are part-time employees of the university and may not work more than 29 hours per week (May 1 – April 30) or 1400 hours per year including all jobs at the university. If a staff member exceeds 1400 hours, their employment will be terminated.
  • Residence Life student staff are expected to limit outside activities so that those activities will not conflict with their position responsibilities. Students who have major academic or extracurricular commitments should carefully review the situation with their Area Director or the Associate Director for Community Development prior to accepting employment as a Resident Assistant at the Graduate Complex
  • Must request and receive approval from the supervisor for weekend or extended absences from residence
  • Student staff members are reminded of the provision in the Student Code of Conduct: 
    Knowingly abusing a position of trust or responsibility with the College.  (Section III, C. 7.): Students holding positions of trust or responsibility include student workers (paid or unpaid), student leaders, Resident Advisors, Student Conduct Council and Honor Council members, and Orientation Aides. Students in these positions have a special relationship with the College and are expected to respect the privacy of other students and members of the College community, including by maintaining confidentiality of student records, abiding by College policies, and using resources in an ethical fashion. 

William & Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability or status as a disabled Veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admission policies and procedures, scholarship and loan programs, employment, recreational, athletic or other university-administered program. It is also the policy of the university to implement appropriate affirmative action initiatives.