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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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