The Residence Life staff is made up of the Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director of Residence Life, 2 Resident Directors (RD), Coordinator of Residence Life, 5 Head Resident Assistants (HRA), and 21 Resident Assistants (RAs). The Residence Life staff works together to provide a positive residence life experience. The mission of the Office of Residence Life is to create a residential community that supports the College’s mission and Catholic identity and encourages academic achievement and personal growth within the community formed by the Benedictine Hallmarks. The Office strives to foster a welcoming, diverse, and supportive living and learning community which facilitates and edifies mutual respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, and generosity as residents develop as holistic citizens.
The HRAs and RAs are available for assistance at all times. You will see them around campus at all hours of the day and night, conducting periodic campus rounds to ensure residents’ needs are met. They want every student to feel welcome, so do not be surprised when they stop by to say hello. In addition, while on duty, they perform administrative tasks, maintain lobby common areas, and handle policy violations. The RL staff are your greatest resource while living on campus and have been hired to enhance your experience, as well as support you when needed.
The professional staff (Director, Assistant Director, and Resident Director) are individuals who chose to work in this field for their career. They have several years of experience and advanced training in residence life. Remember that they were once where you are now, they were college students, too! The professional staff has a passion for residence life and strongly believes in what they do. They all came to the Abbey because they want to advance the College’s mission of educating students and fostering their holistic growth. They are here to serve you and make sure that your experience is formative, fulfilling, and fun. They will provide guidance and supervision to the HRAs and RAs, and are responsible for helping students connect to the campus. These professionals are responsible for management of the residence halls. They are happy to meet with students, so, if you have questions or concerns, just stop by! Their offices are located in O’Connell Hall in the Office of Residence Life.
HRAs and RAs are paraprofessional, current BAC student leaders who range from sophomores to seniors. All HRAs and RAs participate in an intense two-week training prior to students moving in, so they are prepared to handle a wide range of situations. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on, need to report a maintenance concern, or have a roommate problem, they are there for you. You will find them extremely willing to assist you in any way. They are student leaders, strong students, and believe in Belmont Abbey College.
HRAs and RAs live throughout the campus and are responsible for a certain number of residents. They provide peer support, community development activities, programming, and education on the intent behind BAC policies. Your RA is one of the most valuable resources for campus living at the Abbey.
Each residence hall and its RAs are supervised by a Head RA. The Head RA is a seasoned RA who oversees the hall’s RAs, programming, and support of the residents.
All of the RAs are supervised by the Resident Director (RD). The HRAs are supervised by the Director and Assistant Director. The professional staff are responsible for not only their supervision, but for the RA selection, training, RL programming model, and overall residence life management.
The Director of Residence Life provides overall management for the housing and residence life programs, ensuring that they advance the mission of Belmont Abbey College, and serves as a liaison between the Office of Residence Life and other campus partners. The Director also ensures that the RD, HRAs and RAs receive the support they need in carrying out their duties. Finally, the Director is responsible for overseeing the campus judicial process for policy violations.
The Coordinator of Residence Life is the general office manager who provides a warm welcome for all of our visitors and supervises work-study students.
The Residence Life Office can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-461-7371.