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The information on this page reflects the 2020-2021 Resident Assistant (RA) job description. The selection process for 2020-2021 is currently ongoing; download the application packet here or pick up a copy from the Office of Residential Life on the top floor of the Edwards Students Center.

General Overview

Resident Assistants (RAs) at Lasell University are integral members of the Residential Life staff. RAs promote and support a safe and healthy residential environment that is supportive of students’ personal and academic growth. RAs act as community developers, supporters of the academic and departmental mission statement, community standards educators, peer advisors, role models, team members, housing and facilities liaisons, and administrators, while remaining in good academic standing at Lasell University.

It is expected that students serving as Resident Assistants will place their RA position second only to their academic obligations and responsibilities. RAs are encouraged to maintain interests and activities outside of their role within the Department of Residential Life, utilizing strong time management skills effectively. Outside employment and extra-curricular activities should not detract from a student’s effectiveness and/or the availability in the RA position.

Over the course of an academic year, the Resident Assistant position averages 15 - 20 hours per week. However, there will be periods of time when staffing demands may be greater. These include, but are not limited to: RA training, the opening and closing of the residence halls, special activities, campus crises, etc. All Residential Life staff is expected to be available and respond as needed.


Resident Assistants are required to be full-time Lasell University students in good academic and conduct standing with the University. RAs must have a sophomore standing (30 credit hours or more of successfully completed coursework) and a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average when employment begins. Additionally, RAs are required to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average – for each semester and overall - for the duration of their employment. Failure to maintain the above-mentioned GPA standards may result in performance probation and/or dismissal from the Resident Assistant position. RAs are also expected to be the last students to depart campus and the first students to return to campus before and after breaks to assist with a variety of housing operations.

Training Dates

    • Attend the RA Training & Education program tentatively scheduled for the following dates:
      • August 23 -- September 5, 2020
      • January 15 -- January 17, 2021
    • Attend and participate in other designated training workshops for RAs throughout the academic year, including monthly in-service sessions, as determined by the Residential Life Staff.


The RA compensation package for the 2020-2021 academic year currently consists of three parts

    • RAs will receive a $4,700 credit towards their room and board costs. This credit will be applied directly to their bills ($2,350 each semester). The $4,700 that is directly applied to room and board costs is not a part of financial aid, and will not affect a student’s grant aid.
    • RAs will also receive a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 each semester), to be paid out in monthly payments. (Note: an RA with outstanding debt to the University will be required to sign over all stipend payments until such time as the debt is resolved.)
    • RAs will be assigned to a single room whenever possible, and will not be assessed the single supplement charge.