Residential Life Team
We’re here to make you feel at home! Let us know if we can help you with anything or answer any questions.
Office of Residential Life (Trinity Hall 151): 260.399.8101
Elyse Maurer, Director of Residential Life & Housing
David Frulla, Resident Director
What is a Resident Assistant?
A Resident Assistant (RA) 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 you sort out minor problems and refer you to professionals when additional help is needed.
The RA plans several activities for the floor or hall each semester. These may be cognitive, community, personal or holistic in nature. Suggestions from residents are very much appreciated.
RAs 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 your 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 to talk to someone. 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 my RA help me?
- Answer questions.
- Be alert to residents’ problems.
- Help new residents thrive in their new home.
- Plan social, educational and service 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.