Each university uses different terms and methods for their residence life program, however there are also many similarities. Residence life generally consists of a staff of professionals and students working together to create community and to provide activities, assistance, and advice to students living on residence.
Professionals can include Hall Directors, Residence Directors, and Residence Life Coordinators. These professionals make it their job to supervise and manage student life according to the residences’ guidelines.
Professional Hall Directors, Residence Directors, and Residence Life Coordinators can help residents with topics such as:
- Issues with student residence life staff
- Emergency situations
- Enforcing community and residence standards
Students contributing to residence life are often called Resident Assistants, Residence Facilitators, Community/Program Advisors, and Dons. These students are usually upper year or senior students that have experience with university and living on campus. Often, student residence life staff lives on campus. Residence life students offer support to other students and are usually involved with coordinating social activities, maintaining and fostering a good residence environment, helping students with issues, and enforcing residence guidelines and standards.
Student Resident Assistants, Residence Facilitators, Community/Program Advisors, and Dons can help residents with topics such as:
- Orientation/ questions about the university
- Mediating issues and disputes with residence-mates
- Promoting educational programming
- Referrals to on-campus academic, financial, health, and personal resources
- Social activities on residence
- Social inclusiveness on residence