I, ________________________, accept the appointment as a Resident Assistant in the residence halls of Ball State University for the 2013 spring semester, and I understand that the following conditions are a part of this acceptance.
1. This agreement is for the 2013 spring semester. Employment as a Resident Assistant is contingent upon the approval of the Residence Hall Director and the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Reapplication is necessary for each subsequent year of employment, and employment for each year is contingent on the approval of the Residence Hall Director or the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
2. I, as the Resident Assistant, or the Office of Housing and Residence Life, upon written notice, may terminate this agreement at any time during the period of the agreement. If termination occurs, I understand I am financially responsible for the remaining portion of the residence hall housing contract and I will be reassigned to another residence hall. If I decide to move off-campus, I am still responsible for the remaining portion of the residence hall contract as stated in the cancellation clause.
3. A Resident Assistant will receive a salary equal to full room and board (with the 21 meal plan) and a stipend of $650 per semester (paid in five taxed payments of $130) for services as a Resident Assistant. This stipend will be pro-rated in the event the Resident Assistant vacates the position during the period of employment.
4. Participation in outside organizations, committee work, student government, fraternities and sororities (including participating in recruitment), or extra-curricular activities, must have written approval from the Residence Hall Director and the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life. A Resident Assistant cannot participate in recruitment for a fraternity or sorority during the first semester of employment. Resident Assistants are required to maintain a visible presence in their community.
5. A Resident Assistant may not be employed in any other capacity on- or off-campus. A Resident Assistant may work additional jobs only during extended breaks, which are stated here to be only the break between Fall and Spring semester and Spring Break. This work may not in any way affect the responsibilities of opening/closing the residence hall(s).
6. Because of the extensive time demands of the position, a Resident Assistant may take an overload of classes (defined as 18 hours or more) only with prior written approval of the Residence Hall Director and approval from the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life.
7. A Resident Assistant must remain on-campus and be available in the residence hall a minimum of two weekends per month. The Office of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to designate specific weekends as closed (i.e. All Resident Assistants will be required to remain on-campus). Resident Assistants are expected observe a 2 a.m. curfew and must return to their residence halls if they have not requested a weekend away.
8. A Resident Assistant must maintain a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above during the period of employment. A Resident Assistant whose accumulative GPA falls below 2.5, or whose semester GPA falls below a 1.0 will be terminated. There will be a review of any staff member whose GPA falls below a 2.0 for a semester.
9. A Resident Assistant must participate in an orientation program which is held prior to the beginning of each semester. The Fall Orientation is scheduled for the eight to ten day period prior to the opening of the residence halls. The Spring Orientation is scheduled for the weekend prior to the opening of the residence halls. A Resident Assistant will attend all required special meetings and events.
10. Resident Assistants are required to attend at least two of the departmental staff development sessions each semester.
11. A Resident Assistant is required to work a total of six (6) hours at the residence hall desk(s) per week. Assignment of additional responsibilities is up to the discretion of the Residence Hall Director.
12. A Resident Assistant is expected to be a positive role model through personal example. A Resident Assistant may be subject to higher standards than a person in the general student population.
13. A Resident Assistant is expected to respect the dignity of all individuals and refrain from language or behavior which would be incongruent with that respect.
14. A Resident Assistant is required to read and follow the Resident Assistant Manual of Ball State University and meet all expectations given by the supervising directors.
15. In accepting this contract, the Resident Assistant’s loyalty, commitment, and fulfillment of expectation must be to Ball State University, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and the Residence Hall Director and/or Assistant Residence Hall Director.
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