Boutin Student Center, Residence Life Office
44 West Street
Worcester, MA 01609
The Office of Residence Life and Student Conduct has a strong commitment to creating an environment in the residence halls that assists students in their growth and development and encourages academic excellence, social competence, independence, and a sense of community living. A well-trained staff—including Area Coordinators, Graduate Assistants, and Resident Assistants—provides programming, guidance, and support to the residence hall community. When these activities are combined with the active participation of the residents, the halls become more than just places to sleep; they become living and learning environments.
The Director of Residence Life & Student Conduct is responsible for the leadership and management of the residence life and housing program. The Director supervises the residence life staff, oversees the housing assignment process for all returning and new incoming students, provides direction for departmental processes, and administers the student conduct hearing process for violations of Becker College policies. The Director's goal is to provide a positive and productive experience for students that will be filled with new friendships and opportunities for academic achievement and personal growth.
The Area Coordinator (AC) is a full-time, live-in, master's degree level professional who reports to the Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct. ACs are assigned to administer a residential area and supervise the resident assistants. Each Area Coordinator serves as a campus hearing officer who adjudicates on-campus student discipline. In addition, ACs manage major departmental projects including: parental outreach; faculty and staff outreach; operations and student conduct; staff leadership and training; assessment and social media; programming and residence education; publications; and staff recognition.
The Director of Living Learning Communities is a live-in,master's degree level professional employed by the Office of Residence Life and Student Conduct. The Director of Living Learning Communities works alongside the department staff to build an environment supporting the academic mission and objectives of the living learning community while also creating a positive community experience for residents. The Director of Living Learning Communities serves as a communication link between the residents in the building, the Office of Residence Life and Student Conduct and the faculty involved in the living learning communities.
The Graduate Assistant (GA) is a live-in, bachelor's degree level professional staff member who works collaboratively with professional and student staff in all buildings. The Graduate Assistant encourages the development of community programs, educates students, handles disciplinary matters, participates with departmental assessment and planning initiatives, and performs administrative duties as assigned. Graduate Assistants report to the Director and Associate Director of Residence and Student Conduct.
Resident Assistants (RAs) work in the residence halls to build communities that are inclusive of all students. RAs are selected for their leadership potential; interpersonal abilities; positive, caring attitudes; and sense of commitment. Trained in everything from responding to emergencies, mediating roommate conflicts, accurately referring students to campus support services, and planning social and academic programs. RAs are capable and knowledgeable student staff members. They are also the most visible staff members to students.