Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do I go to get the most useful and up-to-date information regarding the Resident Assistant Selection Process?
A: You are already there...on the website! The RA Selection website has the most up-to-date information regarding the RA Selection Process. You can find everything from important dates, necessary forms and answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Q: I want to become a Resident Assistant. What do I do, and when?
A: You are taking that first step now by visiting this website. Read through the entire site. If you still have questions, contact a member of the RA Selection Committee.
Q: What do I get for being an RA?
A: You will receive a single room and all services associated with that room rate at no cost. RAs assigned to family apartments will be credited for a single bed and are charged for the balance of the apartment at the family rate. You will also receive a standard board meal contract and are eligible for priority registration.
Q: What if I can't attend the RA information sessions?
A: You will not be able to proceed with the process unless you can provide documentation for missing both RA information sessions, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This documentation will be forwarded to the RA Selection Chair. If you are studying abroad during the fall 2014 semester, see the next question.
Q: How do I apply if I am studying abroad during the fall 2014 semester, and will miss the RA information sessions in November?
A: In this case, you must attend a special information session on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. This information session is only for new transfer students and those students who were abroad or part of National Student Exchange during the fall 2014 semester.
Q: How do I apply if I want to study abroad in the spring 2015 semester?
A: The RA Selection process continues through the spring semester. If you attend one of the information sessions during the fall, which means that you will be missing the interview & group process in the spring, you will be required to complete an interview prior to winter break or a phone or Skype™ interview during the spring semester.
Q: What if I want to apply to be an RA in spring 2015 semester?
A: We are not accepting applications for the spring 2015 semester. We will be making offers to candidates on our wait list for any spring 2015 vacancies that may arise.
Q: Do I have to go to a resume workshop? Does going to a resume workshop increase my chance to become a RA?
A: No, you are not required to attend a resume workshop in order to move forward in the process. However, going to a resume workshop will teach you how to make a resume that's easy to read and one that emphasizes important things about your candidacy. Remember, you don't have to wait until the resume workshop in order to get help in regards to how to build one. The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development offers programs and services in relation to resumes on an ongoing basis.
The resume workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, November 17 in Lecture Hall 7.
Q: How do references work? Who should I get references from?
A: Residents who currently reside on-campus must have two references completed. One of those references will need to be from someone within the Department of Residential Life (for example an RA, ARC/ACD, RD/CD, Assistant Director, Faculty Master, Area Office Staff, etc.). The second reference will need to be from a current Binghamton University professional. Residents who currently reside off-campus must have two references from current Binghamton University professionals.
Please note: Graduate Teaching Assistants (i.e. graduate students acting as TA's for students in undergraduate classes) will be considered as Binghamton University professionals within the context of the RA Selection process. However, undergraduate Teaching Assistants (ie. undergraduate students acting within their capacity as Teaching Assistants for other undergraduate students) will not be considered as Binghamton University professionals within the RA Selection process.
Q: Can I submit additional references?
A: No, ONLY two references are to be submitted.
Q: When can I turn in my application and reference forms?
A: For the fall 2015 - spring 2016 process, completed applications and reference forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014. Applications must be submitted via the online system, and they will not be collected after this date. References must be dropped off to Appalachian 111 (Mountainview) on the following days/times:
- 4-6 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014
- 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014
- 3-7 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014
Q: What happens if I don't complete part of the selection process, or if I miss a deadline?
A: You will NOT be able to continue in the RA selection process and will be ineligible to be hired.
Q: Can I apply...
1) In my freshman year for an anticipated spring 2015 position?
A: No. You must have completed two semesters at Binghamton University before you can become an RA.
2) In my freshman year for a fall 2015 - spring 2016 position?
A: Yes, as long as you have completed two full semesters at Binghamton University by the time you take the job.
3) As a transfer student in the fall 2014 semester?
A: Yes, provided you have lived on-campus at your previous institution. You need to attend the information sessions and go through the process and you can also be considered for a fall hire.
4) If I was documented for violating a University policy?
A: This will depend on whether you are currently under Student Conduct Sanction. If your sanctions have all passed at the time you submit your application, you will be able to continue in the process. Additional checks will be made throughout the selection process and if you are found to be under sanction during any of these checks, you will not be able to continue in the selection process. If you are found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation while on the wait list, you will be removed from the wait list and will not be eligible for any mid-year positions that may arise.
Q: How will I be notified of my status throughout the process?
A: Through your Binghamton University e-Mail address. This is the only way the RA Selection Committee will correspond with you so please be sure to check your e-mail regularly.
Q: If I do not get hired, is there an opportunity for me to find out how I can improve for the future?
A: We offer feedback interviews to all candidates who are not hired or placed on the wait list after they have undergone the "group process" portion of the RA Selection process. This will give you the opportunity to speak with members of the RA Selection Committee and get useful feedback that can help you in the future.
Q: Whom can I talk to if I have further questions?
A: You can contact the RA Selection chair:
RA Selection Committee Chair
Community Director | Hillside & Susquehanna Communities