Resident Students Provide Feedback
In November 2012, all residential students were invited to evaluate their individual Resident Assistants (RA) by participating in the annual Resident Feedback Survey. The feedback is being used to celebrate RA accomplishments, challenge further growth, enhance supervisory conversations, and inform hiring decisions for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Highlights from the survey

  • 80% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “I view my RA as a role model.”
  • 86% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “I feel my RA holds all residents accountable for their actions.”
  • 91% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “I feel that my RA is approachable and I would feel comfortable going to my RA.”
  • 63% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “Through participating in floor activities, I’ve learned about Jesuit values & ideals.”
  • 88% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “Through participating in floor activities, I’ve met people on my floor and developed relationships with them.”
  • 88% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “Through participating in floor activities, I’ve learned about different resources around campus.”
  • 82% of respondents either agree or strongly agree with the statement, “My residence hall provides an environment that supports academic success.”

Movement Occurs All Year
The end of the semester is a busy time for students academically and for the Office of Residence Life procedurally. At the end of the 2012 Fall Semester, 119 students left housing because they were graduating, studying abroad, transferring, or withdrawing. Residence Life, however, welcomed 73 students into the residential community. In addition, 84 students processed room changes for the 2013 spring semester.

This amount of transition between semesters has remained relatively constant for the past five years. During these times of transition, the Office of Residence Life staff works with students to ensure each student’s housing assignment supports his or her academic and social success. The administrative aspect of the process has been streamlined with the development of a key database and the implementation of a “moving day” after final exams.

Learning, Reflecting, and Sharing
On February 4, in collaboration with Campus Safety Services, the University Counseling Center, and the Resident Ministers, the Office of Residence Life presented “Shots Fired! When Lightning Strikes!” 197 students attended the program. Brian Hurd, the Assistant Director of Campus Safety Services facilitated conversation about how to stay safe in the event of a shooter on campus. Dr. Mary Beth Javorek, Director of the University Counseling Center shared resources about finding support during times of crisis. Additionally, the Resident Ministers led a reflection and prayer for all victims of violence, especially those affected by the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The night ended with students creating cards and banners for Sandy Hook Elementary as an expression of support.