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Department of Housing and Residence Life

Resident Involvement

  •  Desk Assistants
    • The Housing and Residence Life front desk assistant (DA) position consists of working the 24-hour information and security desk in the residence halls. General work responsibilities include facilitating the guest check-in/check out policy, answering the phone, and other customer service duties. To be considered for the desk assistant position, students must have a Southern Miss cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0, be enrolled full-time at Southern Miss and be in good standings with the university. 
    • **Click Here to submit a Desk Assistant application**
    • Click Here to view the DA Job Description! 
    • Advisor: Becky%20Pritchett
  • Resident Assistants
    • RA Benefits: RA Scholarship (private room and meal allowance), Paid hours working at the front desk, Leadership experience training and mentoring, Affiliation with a team of student leaders, Opportunity to help other students grow and shape their college experience
    • RA Qualifications/Requirements: Must have lived on campus at Southern Miss for at least one full academic year or one semester of living on campus with prior RA experience, must maintain a 2.4 cumulative GPA, minimal to no conduct history, ability to effectively communicate orally and in written form, strong critical thinking and customer service skills, additional employment not allowed
    • RA Job Description: A Resident Assistant (RA) is a live-in position that requires the RA to reside in his/her area of responsibility. The RA is responsible for maintaining and fostering a community on a floor of 20-70 residents. The RA works under the direction of a Residence Life coordinator (RLC) and is indirectly supervised by the Assistant Director. Resident Assistants MUST be enrolled full-time, have a cumulative GPA of 2.40 or higher, have lived in a residence hall at USM for a minimum of 2 semesters (or 1 semester with previous RA experience at another institution), and have no MAJOR judicial incidents at the time of submitting an application. Resident Assistants are NOT ALLOWED to have outside employment. Compensation for RA duties can only be disbursed as a scholarship. Please be aware that the RA scholarship could result in a reduction of other scholarships or aid.
    • Helpful RA Links: RAhelper.com & ResLife.net
  • Student Conduct Board
    • The Student Conduct Board serves as an option within the Housing and Residence Life Conduct Process, allowing residents who are alleged to be in violation of departmental policies to plead their case to a group of students who also live in the residence halls. Students serving as hearing officers on the board have the ability to adjudicate cases just like administrative hearing officers (RLC's and hall directors). To ensure objectivity, student hearing officers cannot be employed by the Department of Housing and Residence Life or serve on SGA's Judicial Board. Additionally, it's important that student hearing officers do not have significant conduct history. 
    • Student Conduct Board Advisor: Jeffery%20Massanelli
    • For a complete list/explanation of Housing and Residence Life conduct policies, please review the department handbook.
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)
    • The Residence Hall Association (RHA) at Southern Miss was established in 1982 through the Department of Housing and Residence Life and has a long-standing reputation of promoting student leadership and growth within the residence halls. RHA consists of six executive board members and the RHA body, which is made up of elected representatives from each of the 15 on-campus residence halls. Our mission is to provide effective programming services for on-campus students, as well as, evaluate the needs an opinions of residence hall students on a daily basis. 
    • RHA committees: Community Outreach, Conference Spirit Committee, Resident Involvement, Special Events
    • RHA Center Location: Mississippi Hall Basement 
    • Phone: 601.266.5608 & Fax: 601.266.5579
    • RHA Advisors:  Vince%20Asaro, Tuyetnhi%20Nguyen
    • RHA Representatives: 
      • Amber%20Gillespie - Director
      • Alexis Washington - Associate Director of Administration
      • Brittany Juneau - National Communications Coordinator 
      • Jalila Haynes - Associate Director of Finance
      • CiUnna Logan - Associate Director of Marketing and Programming
      • Erica Jurden - National Residence Hall Honorary President 
      • Mckenzie Mcdavid - National Residence Hall Honorary Vice President 
  • National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
    • The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). NRHH represents the top 1% of all residents on campus. As such, through the submission of OTMs (Of the Months), NRHH recognizes those leaders in the Housing and Residence Life department and on campus who strive to better the living community. 
    • On-Campus leaders are encouraged to apply! You must have a written letter of recommendation submitted to the VP of Membership
    • NRHH Constitution
    • Chapter Officers: 
      • Erica Jurden - President
      • Dalton Lock - VP of Recognition
      • Andrew%20Novak - VP of Membership
    • NRHH Advisor: Jennifer%20Thornton

Contact Us

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Hickman Hall
118 College Dr. #5064
Hattiesburg, Ms 39406-0001

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Phone
601.266.4783