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Resident Assistant

The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to dismiss a resident assistant at any time if the staff member fails to meet any of the qualifications or fails to fulfill his/her responsibilities.

Resident Assistant Qualifications


  • Resident assistants must be full-time matriculated students.
  • Resident assistants must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA and cannot be on academic warning or probation at any time during either the application or employment period.
  • Fall-Winter resident assistants are required to enroll in a 2 credit class (Student Development 358R) and maintain a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Fall-Winter resident assistants must enroll in a minimum of 12 and no more than a maximum of 16 credit hours per semester, including the 2 credit hour leadership class.
  • During spring and summer terms, the leadership class is not offered for credit, but resident assistants are required to participate in comparable training.
  • Spring/Summer resident assistants must enroll in a minimum of 4.5 and a maximum of 6 credit hours per term.
  • Resident Assistants are required to have a current temple recommend. A temple recommend for baptisms is sufficient.


  • Resident assistants must emulate high spiritual and moral ideals.
  • The RA position requires a commitment to the mission of BYU. It is expected that all BYU Resident Assistants are fully aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the mission and aims of BYU.
  • Resident assistants must abide by the Honor Code, including BYU Dress & Grooming and Residential Living Standards.
  • Resident assistants must have good interpersonal and public relations skills, and be customer-service oriented.
  • Resident assistants must have high emotional intelligence and strong mental and emotional stability.

Employment Period

  • Applicants must commit to the entire duration of the employment period.
  • Employment for Fall-Winter begins in August; two weeks prior to the arrival of fall students, and ends the Saturday after winter semester finals are completed in April, at 5:00 pm.
  • Time frames for Spring/Summer are coordinated with area management.


  • Resident assistants must be single students, at least 18 years old at the time of hire.
  • Applicants with one-year minimum living experience in on-campus housing are preferred.
  • Attendance at R.A. Training, which begins two weeks before the first day of class, is mandatory. There are no exceptions.
  • Resident assistants for the Language Immersion Student Residence (LISR) must be admitted into the language program for the year of application. Contact the LISR Hall Advisor at 801-378-2381 for more information.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • R.A.s must maintain a current temple recommend. A temple recommend for baptisms is sufficient.
  • Due to the nature of the resident assistant position, only U.S. citizens or others who qualify for unrestricted employment in the U.S., such as permanent residents and those having an EAD card, will be considered for employment as a Resident Assistant.


  • Evening classes conflict with resident assistant assignments. Therefore, classes ending after 7:00 pm are not permitted.
  • Outside commitments which interfere with R.A. responsibilities are not permitted. This includes any other employment on or off campus, participation in university performing groups, university athletic teams, and ROTC.
  • Resident assistants must remain in their housing area at the end of each semester until all assigned tenants have been properly checked out and other R.A. responsibilities are completed.


  • For the 2024-25 academic year, R.A. wages will begin at approximately $12.40 per hour for a 20-hour week. The R.A.'s room and meal plan are deducted from the hourly wage.
  • The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to assign and/or change an R.A.'s room or hall assignment at any time.

Room & Board Housing: Helaman Halls

  • Resident assistants receive a room on their assigned floor and a meal plan. R.A.s are not assigned a roommate.

Apartment-Style Housing: Heritage Halls, LISR, and Wyview Park

  • Resident assistants receive a room and a meal plan.
  • Heritage Halls R.A.s receive their own bedroom within an apartment in their assigned hall. R.A.s are not assigned a roommate.
  • Language Immersion Student Residence (LISR) R.A.s share a bedroom within a six-person apartment assigned to their target language.
  • Wyview R.A.s receive their own bedroom in a two- or three-bedroom apartment.

Resident Assistant Reponsibilities

Student Development

Resident assistants are expected to:

  • Commit to educating tenants within the Aims of a BYU Education:

    A BYU education should be:

    • Spiritually strengthening.
    • Intellectually enlarging.
    • Character building.
    • Leading to lifelong learning and service.
  • Teach the values outlined by the Office of Residence Life's Educational Outcomes to each assigned tenant. These values are integrity, community, cleanliness, life-skills, and balance.
  • Lead tenants by personal example in spiritual integrity, academic commitment, moral character, emotional maturity, and community standards.
  • Enroll in StDev 358R (TTh 4-4:50) and maintain a grade of B or higher.


Resident assistants:

  • Meet with each assigned tenant within the first two weeks to become acquainted with him or her.
  • Make informal weekly visits to tenants to maintain contact and discuss their concerns.
  • Serve as a resource for tenants by referring them to academic, medical and counseling services.
  • Act as an advisor for floor, hall, and area functions.
  • Facilitate the community standards process.
  • Select and advise a floor or hall council to coordinate programs to meet the needs of the tenants.

Safety and Security

Resident assistants:

  • Ensure each assigned tenant has reviewed emergency procedures.
  • Promote hall safety and security, and tenant personal safety, by educating tenants on safety and security issues.
  • Unlock and/or secure halls as outlined by the hall advisor.
  • Assist with hall emergencies.

Physical Facilities

Resident assistants:

  • Meet with incoming tenants for check-in.
  • Collect and review a room or apartment inventory for each assigned tenant.
  • Educate tenants on proper care and maintenance of hall facilities.
  • Work with tenants to resolve maintenance concerns.
  • Assist the hall advisor in conducting a monthly inspection of rooms for fire hazards, proper maintenance and housekeeping.


Resident assistants:

  • Maintain regular contact with the hall advisor to report tenant concerns, maintenance repair needs, etc.
  • Investigate and report violations of university and residential living standards and policies to the hall advisor.
  • Document and inform the hall advisor of serious incidents, tenant illnesses, and ongoing pranks.
  • Submit weekly written reports to the hall advisor. Attend weekly staff meeting as outlined by the hall advisor and area management.

Other Responsibilities

Resident assistants:

  • Become fully acquainted with and supportive of residential living guidelines.
  • Act directly under the supervision of the hall advisor.
  • Support the hall advisor and Residence Life administration in their responsibilities.
  • Be available to fulfill floor, desk, and/or cell phone assignments as directed by the hall advisor.
  • Fulfill other assignments as directed by the hall advisor.


For questions regarding the above information or the status of applications, students should contact the area to which they have or to which they will apply.

Area Phone Number
Helaman Halls 801-422-2034
Heritage Halls 801-422-4421
Wyview Park 801-422-9203
Riviera 801-377-5277