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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are you looking for in RA candidates?

As you can probably see by observing the current RAs you know, being an RA requires many different skills. Each Residence Hall Director is looking for different qualities, but here are a few areas to consider

  • ability to work on a team
  • oral communication skills
  • ability to relate well to others
  • organization skills
  • writing skills
  • positive attitude
  • creativity

Question: Why is the process so long?

We feel the role RAs play is crucial and we want to hire the best students we can for the position. The process is long because we want to get to know you before we make our hiring decisions. The number of candidates applying also can make the process longer.


Question: Can I be an RA for only one semester?

An RA is hired for the complete academic year from August through May. If an RA resigns before the end of his/her employment dates, a letter explaining the circumstances will be placed in the RA's permanent employment file. All policies regarding residence requirements and cancellation fees will apply.


Question: How many credit hours may I carry?

An RA may not carry more than 18 credit hours per semester unless prior permission is received from the residence hall director.


Question: What GPA must I maintain to remain in the RA position?

A 2.50 cumulative GPA must be maintained to be an RA.


Question: Can I hold a second job?

An RA is not permitted to hold a second job. Major responsibilities that take an RA out of the residence hall must first be discussed with your assistant hall director and residence hall director.


Question: Can I join a student organization or Greek organization?

In consultation with the residence hall director, an RA may be permitted to join outside activities. Sometimes joining an organization can be a major responsibility that takes an RA out of the residence hall. Please note: An RA may not join a Greek organization during the first semester of his/her employment.


Question: How many nights a semester can I be away from the hall?

An RA can be away from the hall two weekends a month. If you have an individual concern or situation, talk to your residence hall director. Some exceptions may be granted.


Question: Why do RA staff have a 2 a.m. curfew?

Resident assistants are hired to be physically available to hall residents. It is reasonable to set a curfew so that staff members are available to respond to incidents that may occur in the early morning hours.


Question: Are there any weekends that I must be on campus?

Yes! RAs need to be available for special staffing weekends, which include but not limited to the first and last weekends of the semester or other hall specific events which may require attendance.


Question: Can I student teach or intern as an RA? 

Because of the time commitments for an RA and the requirement to complete an internship, student teaching experience, or immersive learning project, RAs may not participate in those types of academic programs unless approved in writing and in advance by the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life.



Housing and Residence Life
LaFollette Complex (LA), room N-10
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (summer 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8000
Fax: 765-285-3743
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