The Department of Housing and Residence Life, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, is responsible for the overall operation and administration of all Ohio University housing, as well as the university's residential education program.
Ohio University operates 41 residence halls housing approximately 8,000 undergraduate students. All of the residence halls are coeducational, with the exception of Voigt Hall, which is reserved for only women.
Housing and Residence Life is one of the largest departments of Ohio University, with a staff of over 400 full-time, part-time, graduate, and paraprofessional student employees.
Specific departmental duties include...
Operation, management and supervision of the residence hall system
Residential education and programming within the halls
Programming and outreach for off-campus students
Administration of housing policies and regulations, including housing and dining contracts and requests for exemptions from OHIO's residency requirement.
Residence hall room assignments
Administration of dining plans
University apartment rentals
Accommodations in accordance with the ADA
Guest & interim housing accommodations
Units within Housing and Residence Life
Guest & Interim Housing
Interior Services (upholstery, drapery and embroidery)
Capital and Facilities Planning
Student and Professional Positions
Housing and Residence Life Staff
The Department of Housing and Residence Life has over 300 staff members committed to making your living environment a community focused on learning, development, and acceptance. Below you will find descriptions of our in-hall staff that are here to help you.
Housing Ambassador (HA): The Housing Ambassador is a student staff member who helps both incoming and current students to learn and understand services offered, policies, and procedures administered through the Housing and Residence Life Business Operations office. Housing Ambassadors provide support at the main office located in the Living Learning Center and at the Welcome Desk at the East End located in Jefferson Hall. This group of students partners with Undergraduate Admissions to share their experiences of living on campus with both incoming and prospective students and their families during OHIO Admissions Events, so these staff members play a crucial role in providing service and a welcoming experience for any who call or visit our office.
Office Assistant (OA): The Office Assistant position assists residents with key issues in the residence halls. Issues may consist of being locked out of room, lost key, or bent keys. The office is located on the first floor Welcome Desk in the Living Learning Center (LLC). The position also supports the LLC staff with small projects as assigned. Outside of the residence hall office hours, if you are having issues gaining access to your room, the Welcome Desk in the Living Learning Center (LLC) is the place to go.
Student Services Ambassador (SSA): The Student Services Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate students who primarily work at the 2nd floor Housing and Residence Life front desk. They are responsible for permitting access to the main office as well as handling incoming calls and visits to Housing's main front desk. Student Services Ambassadors are charged with supporting current or prospective students and families on housing processes, policies, and campus resources.
Resident Assistant (RA) : The Resident Assistant is a student who has completed a selection and training process designed to prepare them for working with students in the residence halls. The RA lives on and manages a floor section of residents. Part of the RA's job is to provide ongoing support for residents. During the academic year, you will interact the most with the other residents on your floor section. Your RA is a great source of information and should be the first individual that you contact with a question or concern.
Assistant Resident Director (ARD): The Assistant Resident Director, like an RA, is a student who resides in a residence hall and but does not manage a floor section. The ARD is responsible for assisting the Resident Director/Graduate Resident Director in coordinating administrative functions in the building such as room changes and key inventories. Additionally, the ARD assists in advising the hall council and coordinating hall programming efforts.
Graduate Resident Director (GRD) : A Graduate Resident Director is a full-time graduate student and a part-time employee responsible for overseeing a hall. The GRD supervises the residence hall staff, works with all residents to establish a positive living environment and a sense of community, and manages crisis situations. A GRD acts in an advisory capacity on personal and academic issues and helps to interpret and uphold university policies. GRDs will post office hours within their hall.
Resident Director (RD) : A Resident Director is a full-time on-site professional responsible for a hall or complex. The RD supervises the residence hall staff, works with all residents to establish a positive living environment and a sense of community, and manages crisis situations. An RD acts in an advisory capacity on personal and academic issues and helps to interpret and uphold university policies. RDs will post office hours within their hall or complex.
To see individual names and contact information for the professional staff in the buildings, please visit www.ohio.edu/housing/hallstaff.