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Get Involved! 

There are many opportunities for residents to become involved and have a voice in the residence halls and campus. Please visit the following links to learn more about the different ways to become involved in your community.

Become an RA

Residential Housing employs a large number of students in paraprofessional in-hall positions. These positions include Resident Assistants (RA), Administrative Resident Assistants (ARA) and Senior Resident Assistants (SRA). ARA and SRA positions are only available to paraprofessional staff with at least two semesters / three quarters of previous experience with the department.

Informational sessions are held in November and the paraprofessional hiring process begins during the beginning of the spring semester of each academic year. Please check the jobs page often for updates as we near the hiring process.

More information on our in-hall paraprofessional positions can be found here.

Hall Council

Hall Council (also known as Complex Council) acts as a way for students to become active in their residential community. Hall council gives a voice to the student will and student need within a particular building or complex. It allows you to make the community around you a better place to live and learn.

Roles of a Council
As the Department has examined and clarified the roles of the hall councils, three primary roles have been identified. These roles flow directly from the Departmental goals, and are discussed briefly below.

The Council as Advisory Board
Directly related to the goal of Community and the theme of Involvement is the council's role as advisory boards. In fulfilling this role, council members assume responsibility for the quality of life in the residence hall community and become actively involved in enhancing the quality of life for themselves as well as others. This role entails assessing and accurately representing the needs and concerns and working with the hall staff to develop alternative solutions.

The Council's Service Role
Also related to the goal of Community is the council's service role. Involvement in community service teaches students responsibility to the larger community of which they are a part, and is therefore emphasized by the Department of Residential Housing.

While individual projects with community service organizations are certainly appropriate to this role, Hall Councils are strongly encouraged to select one organization and develop an ongoing relationship. Councils are urged to utilize the Center for Community Service within the Campus Involvement Center, located in 357 Baker University Center (593-4007).

The Council as Programming Body
Tied closely to the goal of Student Development is the council's role as programming bodies. Though traditionally viewed by themselves and others as planners of purely social programs, the hall councils have a responsibility to program in each of the areas of the holistic model. Fulfilling this responsibility entails programming in the physical, intellectual, emotional, career, values, cross-cultural and social areas.


NACURH is the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. For more information on NACURH, please visit


NRHH is the National Residence Hall Honorary, and is dedicated to recognizing students living in the residence halls for their outstanding commitment to the community.

Membership in NRHH is comprised of the top one percent of the student population in the residence halls who excel academically as well as are involved extensively in their living environment.

Activities coordinated by NRHH are Of-The-Month Awards, OU Spirit Paws, and the Spring Leadership Banquet.

Applications and more information is available by emailing


The Residents’ Action Council, or tRAC, is Ohio University’s residence hall association and was founded in 1994 under the direction of Dr. James Sand.  tRAC is a registered student organization with Campus Life and works closely with the Department of Residential Housing.

All students living in the residence halls of Ohio University are invited and welcome to join the Residents’ Action Council.  Every residential building or complex, totaling 22, designates a representative that serves as the liaison between tRAC and the individual hall / complex council.  These representatives are among the students that attend weekly general body meetings.

the Residents’ Action Council strives to unite the students in the residence halls by giving them an active voice and improving relations with the Ohio University administration.  tRAC provides and supports social, cultural, recreational and educational programming for on-campus students.

Mission Statement

the Residents’ Action Council @ Ohio University recognizes the desire for advancement of the residential community; therefore, tRAC strives to motivate and involve students through advocacy and programming by providing support and an open forum of ideas within the community of residence halls.

Vision Statement

the Residents’ Action Council @ Ohio University is the university's residence hall association. tRAC will designate funding for hall councils and their programming as well as for larger events sponsored by the organization, with potential for co-sponsorship with other organizations. tRAC will assess and evaluate the wants and needs of on-campus students in order to be an informed advocate. Additional emphasis will be placed on improvement of physical facilities through a Capital Improvement Fund. tRAC will provide active training and leadership development opportunities for hall council leaders in addition to facilitating participation in NACURH to implement new ideas on campus and providing community through ongoing projects.

If you have questions about the student organization, email

More information is available at

Student Activities

Student activities and organizations at OHIO are coordinated by the Campus Involvement Center. You can visit their site for more information.

Community Service

The Department of Residential Housing's focus on Community Service is centered on a commitment to the larger value of Citizenship. Citizenship includes the development of a commitment to provide a "community" life for students - specifically, community means taking responsibility for the quality of the relationships that exist in the residence halls, on the campus and in the community beyond campus. Community Service is an element of the department's commitment to civic responsibility.

If you are interested in participating in community service please contact your Resident Assistant, Resident Director or Residential Coordinator. In addition, the Campus Involvement Center's Community Service Office offers a range of service opportunities for students.

Residence Hall Programming & Activities

Residence hall programming is an integral part of Ohio University’s education mission. Residence hall staff members provide a wide variety of educational, social, and recreational activities. We challenge our residents to take part in their residential community by building and managing new friendships, interacting with faculty and staff members, developing leadership skills, and exposing themselves to new and different perspectives.

Campus Programming & Activities

Campus involvement is an important part of the student experience and Ohio University offers a wide range of events, interest groups, and programs to engage students. Students may contact any of our university's programming units (including the Campus Involvement Center, LGBT Center, Multicultural Center, and Women's Center) for opportunities to get involved outside of the residence halls and fully immerse themselves in our Athens and Ohio University communities.