Residence Hall Staff
We realize that living away from home for the first time isn't always easy for students and it can be just as hard on parents as well. Your mind can be at ease knowing that each floor is staffed by two well-trained and responsive community advisors (CAs). A helping hand is always a few doors away. CAs are students who are hired and trained to identify, understand and respond to student transition issues. They are available to talk or refer the student to another department that may better suit the situation.
Each residence hall is also staffed with a live-in hall director (HD). The HDs are graduate students who are working on degrees in counseling, education or a related field and have previous residence hall experience. They administer all operations of a residence hall, including supervising the front desk, responding to student conduct issues, advising student governments and administering room changes. The HDs are supervised by an assistant director, who is a master's level professional with at least 3–5 years of residence life experience.
All told, the ratio of staff to students on a floor is normally 1:30 and rarely exceeds 1:37. As one of the largest student employers on campus, the residence halls hire 50–60 students in various capacities.