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AC, RD and RA Staff Information

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Area Coordinator
The Area Coordinator (AC) is a full time “live-in” employee of the University responsible for the welfare and development of students living in the residence hall. The primary goal of the AC is the development of residential communities that are supportive of personal growth, academic achievement, and a respect for the rights of others. The AC strives to foster individual and community development by means of: individual and group advising; student staff supervision and training; appropriate role modeling; performance of administrative functions; and participation as a fully functioning member of the Residence Life staff team.

Resident Director
Resident Directors (RDs) are former resident assistants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. Each residence hall complex is staffed with a Resident Director who lives within the unit. The RD serves as the immediate supervisor for the Resident Advisors (RAs) in their area. RDs are responsible for providing the day-to-day support necessary for the RA to be effective in their role as student leaders for their floors or halls. In addition, the RDs are the immediate referral persons for the RAs. The RDs work directly with the Residence Life staff to ensure a healthy and safe residence hall environment.

Resident Advisor
The position of Resident Advisor (RA) is multifaceted. One role of the RA is that of liaison serving as a link between the Student Affairs staff and residents. The RA acts as a role model exhibiting behavior consistent with a successful Clarkson student. RAs serve as peer advisors and are expected to be available to residents who typically wrestle with a multitude of transitional developmental issues. Ultimately, the RA is a key residential leader with a focus on developing a sense of community that facilitates academic success and personal growth. Major responsibilities and duties RAs have include:

  • To promote a sense of community in the living unit
  • To facilitate the creation of a residential environment that promotes academic achievement and success
  • To foster an appreciation of and respect for social and cultural differences
  • To assist residents in the transition to Clarkson, while promoting an atmosphere conducive to experiencing personal growth and development
  • To encourage residents to become engaged in all facets of University life
  • To plan, implement and document co-curricular programs for residents
  • To uphold the Code of Student Conduct and refer violators as necessary
  • To inform residents as directed or disseminated by the University
  • To attend all staff meetings called by the Resident Director or Dean of Students staff
  • To distribute Room Condition Reports and submit to Residence Life upon completion
  • To assess the physical condition of the residence and submit repair requests
  • To be "on duty" as assigned approximately once a week
  • To generally be available on "non-duty" days to counsel residents or respond to questions and concerns
  • To return to campus as housing opens and to remain until housing closes
  • To facilitate roommate conflict resolution as needed
  • To assist the Residence Life Office with verifying room assignments and occupancy
  • Fulfill all other duties as assigned by the Resident Director of Dean of Students staff