SUNY Cortland has a strong commitment to providing students with a quality residential experience. Residence life and housing is responsible for providing a safe, secure, well-maintained environment where students can learn, develop and flourish.
The residence hall environment supports students as they pursue their academic program, while at the same time, allowing them to relax and socialize. Each residence hall has a live-in professional residence hall director and student staff members, consisting of resident assistants, an administrative assistant and an academic peer mentor. This pattern has been established to help create a positive community in the halls, to allow the hall staff the opportunity to know the residents and to develop programs to complement, support and enhance the academic mission of the College.
Residence life and housing is proud to have maintained a full staff of residence hall directors, providing the highest quality services to our students.
Graduate Internship — The intern will work in residence life and housing on various tasks and projects related to the residential life program.
The role of the resident assistant is that of a liaison who serves as a link between the student affairs staff and students. The resident assistant's primary function is to offer peer assistance and direction to students. The resident assistant is concerned with the growth and welfare of each individual in the hall and the group as a whole. The resident assistant is considered a member of the residence life and housing staff and is directly supervised by the residence hall director of the hall that he/she serves.
The administrative assistant provides expanded service to students. This staff member is an important part of the building staff and contributes to the team management of the residence hall. The administrative assistant will be responsible for a variety of tasks in each hall's office from answering the phone and distributing mail to typing and filing for the hall director.
The academic peer mentor is a resource and referral agent in the residence hall for student concerns related to curriculum, academic policies and procedures, and possible career choices. The academic peer mentor is also responsible for facilitating ongoing advisement programs, especially in the areas of study skills, time management, test taking skills and stress management.