About Residence Life and Housing

Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Life

When are deadlines?
What if I can't make the Group Process/Interview Day?
Can anyone apply for the Resident Advisor position?
Should I apply if I'm an international student?
What if I am studying abroad in the Spring semester?
What if I am studying abroad during the Fall semester?
Will the Resident Advisor position affect my financial aid package?
What if I only want to be an RA in one hall?
What if I can’t get the application on-line to work?
Can I apply for more than one position?
When will I have to be back in the Fall semester?
Will I have to stay at Emory during the breaks?
What if I am an Oxford Continuee?
If I have gone through conduct can I work in Housing?
If I'm hired, are there any commitments for me this spring?

Sophomore Advisor specific questions
If I am applying for the SA position, will this conflict with Greek recruitment?
Can I apply to the SA position if I don't have a roommate?
What is the SA interview process like?

When are deadlines?
Deadlines for our positions vary. They run from January to April, depending on the position. Please check the link for the position you are interested in. A full list of important dates can be found here.

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What if I can't make the Group Process/Interview Day for the RA position?
The Group Process/Interview Day is on Saturday, February 1, 2014. If you are not able to attend the RA selection interview day at the SAAC, please contact Kayla Hamilton at 404.727.4265 or kayla.hamilton@emory.edu.

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Can anyone apply for Resident Advisor positions?
No, you must be a junior or senior to apply for the RA position. No prior Residence Life experience is required, but you must have lived on campus a total of four (4) semesters by the time of your employment.

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Should I apply to be an RA as an international student?

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What if I am studying abroad in the Spring semester?
If you are studying abroad for the Spring semester, please complete the on-line application. Indicate that you are a study abroad candidate, and include a phone number or Skype address that you can be contacted at. Between January 27 and February 6, you will have a phone or Skype interview with members of the Residence Life staff. You will be evaluated for the position based on your phone interview and application.

The most important thing for candidates who will be abroad during the Spring 2014 semester to remember is that they should inform Residence Life & Housing about their travel as soon as possible upon submitting their application materials. You may send an email to Kayla Hamilton at kayla.hamilton@emory.edu.

If you have additional questions please contact, Kayla Hamilton, Associate Director of Residence Life at 404.727.4265 or kayla.hamilton@emory.edu.

Hear what past applicants who were studying abroad have to say about the selection process!

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What if I am studying abroad during the Fall semester?
If you are going abroad during the Fall semester of the next academic year and are interested in an RA position, you will have to apply for a position for Fall 2015. If you are interested in a position for the Spring 2015 semester, contact Kayla Hamilton, Associate Director of Residence Life at 404.727.4265 or kayla.hamilton@emory.edu for more information about any available positions during the Spring semester.

Unfortunately, if you are applying for an SA position, you cannot study abroad and still be considered for the SA position.

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Will the Resident Advisor position affect my financial aid package?
Federal regulations require that Resident Advisor benefits (the budgeted cost of your housing ($7,200 for 2012-13)) be counted as a resource to meet a student’s financial need. Therefore, the Office of Financial Aid must incorporate the RA benefit within the financial aid award. We do so in a way that will not penalize the student by meeting any unmet federal need and by eliminating federal work-study. Since RAs are not charged for housing, the RA Benefit within the financial aid award will act as a place holder to ensure that a student’s funding is in compliance with Federal Regulations. Total University gift funding typically will not be affected by the RA benefit. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to speak with your advisor to determine how the position will affect your package.

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What if I only want to be an RA in one hall?
Candidates are not guaranteed their choice in an area of placement regardless if an individual was a resident in the requested building. All candidates will be in a broad candidate pool to be placed. Placement decisions for all Resident Advisors will be based on a variety of factors that will make community staffs strong across campus and meet departmental needs.

The Residence Life Professional staff will look to match qualified candidates with community and staff compositions that will best support the academic and living-learning outcomes for our resident students. Each candidate will be assessed for strengths and weaknesses in job performance and matched with a community and a staff that will enable that candidate to be successful as a Resident Advisor.

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What if I can’t get the application on-line to work?
Please send an email to Kayla Hamilton at kayla.hamilton@emory.edu.

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Can I apply for more than one position?
Yes. If you are applying for an SA/RA position, University Conferences position or a summer position, please be sure to inform your interviewers in which processes you are participating.

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When will I have to be back in the Fall?
Training begins at different times for different positions. Please refer to the Important Dates page of this website to help you make travel arrangements.

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Will I have to stay at Emory during the breaks?
The residence halls are open during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. Additionally, Clairmont Campus is open during winter break. Because we do allow students to remain in the halls during these breaks, we ask that RAs are available for those students. You are not required to stay during all of the breaks; however, you will be asked to be on-call and on campus during at least one of the breaks.

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What if I am an Oxford Continuee?
You may apply for the RA position as an Oxford Continuee. We ask that you participate in the same process and abide by the same deadlines as Emory students. Please note that the RA process is only for students who will be juniors on the Atlanta campus.

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If I have gone through the conduct process can I work for Residence Life & Housing?
Candidates are required to be in good disciplinary standing with the University. All candidates having a prior disciplinary history during their tenure as an Emory student should share that information during their interviews. Having a disciplinary history with the University or with the department does not eliminate a candidate from consideration, but the nature of the incident(s) may have bearing. All candidates’ disciplinary history will be checked with the Office of Student Conduct.

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If I'm hired, are there any commitments for me this spring?
Successful candidates will be asked to attend spring staff orientation. Dates for the staff orientation are to be determined and we will notify you when they become available. Additionally, you may always check the Important Dates section of this website for any updates.

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Residence Life / Sophomore Advisors

 

If I am applying for the SA position will this conflict with Greek recruitment?
It will not conflict with Greek recruitment. You can be an SA and a member of the Greek community.

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Can I apply to the SA position if I don't have a roommate?
Yes, we will consider candidates regardless of their roommate status.

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What is the SA interview process like?

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University Conferences

Can I take summer school classes if I work for Conferences?
If I work for Conferences can I move directly from my spring semester room to my summer housing? What about in the fall?
How many Vacation days do I get if I work for Conferences?

Can I take summer school classes if I work for Conferences?
If you are hired for a University Conferences position on the central campus, you may not be enrolled in summer classes or hold other employment. The nature of the Conferences positions is that the schedule for the employees varies from week to week and thus it is not possible to cater to a summer school schedule or other employment schedule.

If you are hired for a University Conferences position on Clairmont Campus, you may request permission to enroll in summer classes. You, however, may not hold outside employment. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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If I work for Conferences can I move directly from my spring semester room to my summer housing? What about in the fall?
Yes. You will be able to move directly from your spring semester housing to your summer housing. This move usually takes place a few days after graduation. At the end of the summer, you will also be able to move into your Fall semester housing early. If your room is not available right away you will be able to stay in Alabama Hall until your room becomes available.

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How many Vacation days do I get if I work for Conferences?
You are allowed four (4) vacation days. If there is an event over the summer that will cause you to be away from campus for longer than four days you should speak with Austin Reynolds in the Office of University Conferences before applying.

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Summer Positions

If you have questions about summer positions, please call the Clairmont Campus Community Office at 404.727.8830 or check back on this website in the spring. Details will be posted then.

Commencement Housing Assistants:
Can anyone apply for Commencement Housing Assistant positions?
If I have gone through the conduct process, can I work for Residence Life & Housing?
Can I take summer school classes or Maymester if I work as a CHA?
Can I have another job at the same time as being a CHA? What about a job or internship that overlaps with the CHA timeline?
If I work as a CHA, can I move directly from my spring semester room to my CHA housing? What about after my work as a CHA is over?
If I work as a CHA, will I be able to attend the graduation ceremonies and other Commencement Weekend activities?
How many CHAs will you hire for 2012?

Can anyone apply for Commencement Housing Assistant positions?
No, you cannot apply for the position if you are a graduating senior, or if you are already employed by the Office of Residence Life & Housing as a Resident Advisor. No prior Residence Life experience is required, but you must have lived on campus a total of one (1) semester by the time of your employment.

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If I have gone through the conduct process, can I work for Residence Life & Housing?
Candidates are required to be in good disciplinary standing with the University. All candidates having a prior disciplinary history during their tenure as an Emory student should share that information during their interviews. having a disciplinary history with the University or with the department does not eliminate a candidate from consideration, but the nature of the incident(s) may have bearing. All candidates' disciplinary history will be checked with the Office of Student Conduct.

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Can I take summer school classes or Maymester if I work as a CHA?
The duties of the CHA staff will be completed before the first session of summer school courses begin, so you will be able to take summer school courses. However, the duties of the CHA staff WILL NOT be complete by the beginning of Maymester courses. The nature of the CHA positions is that the schedule for the employees varies from day to day, and thus, CHAs may not take a Maymester course.

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Can I have another job at the same time as being a CHA? What about a job or internship that overlaps with the CHA timeline?
No, you cannot have another job or internship while you are working as a CHA. The schedule of a CHA depends on the amount of work that needs to be completed, and there is no guarantee that there will be time for outside commitments. Overlapping commitments will be considered on an individual basis and should be made known on the application.

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If I work as a CHA, can I move directly from my spring semester room to my CHA housing? What about after my work as a CHA is over?
Yes. You will be required to move directly into a single in Few or Evans Halls on Thursday, May 8, from your spring semester housing if you currently live on campus. Arrangements will be made with the Office of Residence Life & Housing to coordinate either your next summer space or your final check out for spring semester from your Commencement Weekend space.

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If I work as a CHA, will I be able to attend the graduation ceremonies and other Commencement Weekend activities?
Provided that these activities do not conflict with your responsibilities as a CHA, yes you can attend; however, this should also not be treated as a guarantee.

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How man CHAs will you hire for Commencement 2014?
We will hire 5 CHAs for this year's Commencement Weekend.

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