Residential Life Team
Director of Residential Life
Resident Hall Director on call Cell: 580-2423
Clare Hall Director
Clare Resident Assistants:
Bonzel Hall Director
Bonzel Resident Assistants:
Padua Hall Director
Padua Resident Assistants:
What is a Resident Assistant (RA)?
A Resident Assistant is a student specially chosen to be responsible for the day-to-day life of the residence hall. He or she has lived in a USF residence hall for at least one year and is an upper-class student. The RA is often the first resource available for many students. Although the RA is not a trained counselor, he or she can help to sort out minor problems and refer residents to professionals when additional help is needed.
The RA plans several programs for the floor or hall each semester. These may be cognitive, community, personal, or holistic in nature. Suggestions from residents are very much appreciated in the planning of programs.
Resident Assistants make sure university rules are followed. Each hall is governed by the Rules and Policies found in the Student Handbook. Violations of these rules result in infringements upon the rights of residents, so it is in everyone’s interest to see that policies are followed.
The RA is a valuable source of information. If you have questions or concerns about USF, your hall, classes, professors, etc., ask the RA. If he or she doesn’t have the answers, the RA will be able to direct you to someone who does.
Finally, and most importantly, the RA will be there if you need someone to talk to. The RA will help you start new friendships and assist you on the way to getting the most out of your college experience.
How Can the Resident Assistant Help You?
- Answer questions.
- Be alert to residents’ problems.
- Help new residents become oriented to their new home.
- Plan social and cultural events.
- Be a friend.
- Promote an academic atmosphere on the floor.
- Inform residents of university and residence hall guidelines.
- Keep residents up to date on important information and happenings on campus.