By signing this contract, I
agree to serve as an Academic Peer Mentor (APM) during the 2016-2017 academic
year. The APM will aid in facilitating
student learning and academic success in our living-learning communities
(LLCs). The APM is a valued and important member of the living-learning
community, the learning team associated with the community, and the residence
hall staff team.
The APM will report
directly to the APM supervisor (Living-Learning Community Graduate Coordinator)
and indirectly to the LLC directors (Residence Hall Directors working with the
specific LLC in their community). In addition, the APM may work with the
Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life for Coordination of
I. Work as part of a
learning team and residence hall staff, knowing an Academic Peer Mentors will receive
full room and board for services. Should the student cease to be an Academic
Peer Mentor prior to the end of the contracted period, the student will be
charged the room and board cost for the remainder of his/her housing contract
or housing contract cancellation penalties would apply. The student may also be
asked to move residence halls.
II. Attend all
required training sessions the semester prior to employment and throughout the
year. APMs are required to attend a minimum of two student staff in-service events each semester.
III. Participate in an
orientation/training program each semester. The Fall Orientation is scheduled
for the six to eight day period prior to the opening of the residence halls.
The Spring Orientation is scheduled for the weekend prior to the opening of the
Meet all expectations set by
the APM supervisor and Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life
for Coordination of Living-Learning Programs.
V. Maintain a professional
demeanor, optimistic attitude, and be a positive role model, which includes,
but is not limited to, being on time and prepared for all APM related
commitments; dressing appropriately during all APM and LLC events and meetings;
meeting deadlines; managing personal/professional time; using appropriate
language and humor; and checking email at least once a day during business
hours, while class is in session.
VI. Maintain confidentiality when
in communication with students. Information is only shared with the appropriate individuals on
the learning team, usually your direct supervisor or LLC Director.
VII. Respect the
dignity of all individuals and refrain from language or behavior which would be
incongruent with that respect. An Academic Peer Mentor is expected to handle
disagreements, disappointments, and frustrations in a manner which reflects
positively upon themselves, their staff, and the Office of Housing and
VIII. Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA or above and be
a full-time student over the course of employment. There will be a review of
any staff member whose GPA falls below a 2.50 for a semester even if the
overall GPA is at least a 2.75. A staff member whose GPA falls below a 2.00
will be terminated.
IX. Abide by all BSU policies and procedures. An
Academic Peer Mentor is expected to be a positive role model through personal
example. An Academic Peer Mentor may be subject to higher standards than a
person in the general student population.
X. Reapply for each
subsequent year of employment. The APM position is not an automatically renewed
position, and employment for each year is contingent on the approval of the APM
supervisor and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
prepared to adapt to any revisions to this contract. Revisions will be discussed before they are
participate in outside organizations, committee work, student government,
fraternities and sororities (including participating in pledging), or
extra-curricular activities, without prior
written approval from the APM Supervisor and Associate Director of Housing
and Residence Life. An Academic Peer
Mentor cannot pledge a fraternity or sorority during the first semester of
be employed in any other capacity on- or off-campus. An Academic Peer Mentor
may work additional jobs only during extended breaks, which are stated here to
be only the break between fall and spring semester, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring
Break. This work may not in any way affect the responsibilities of
opening/closing the residence hall(s).
take an overload of classes (defined as 19 hours or more) without prior written approval of the APM Supervisor and
approval from the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, because of
the extensive time demands of the Academic Peer Mentor position: Participation in
an internship, student teaching, practicum, clinical hours, etc. must
have prior written approval from the Associate Director
of Housing and Residence Life.
XV. Host a minimum of two (2) Living-Learning Community field
trips per year.
and follow the Academic Peer Mentor Manual of Ball State University.
I, as the Academic Peer
Mentor, 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
In accepting this contract,
the Academic Peer Mentor’s loyalty, commitment, and fulfillment of expectation
must be to Ball State University, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and
the APM supervisors.
I am aware and understand any breach of confidentiality
or not adhering to the expectations listed on this employment contract and in
the APM Manual may result in employee discipline.