Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Ever wondered about what it takes to be an HA?

Here are a few blog posts, written by HAs about HAs! These articles feature common concerns, like applying to be a House Adviser and what being an HA Superstar is all about. We will update these as new content comes on board, so check back frequently!

Can I apply to be an HA if I've received an AOD violation?

You may still apply to be an HA if you have received an AOD violation, but you should be prepared to talk about your violation.

  • During the written application phase, you should be sure to attach an explanation of your AOD violation to your Release of Information.
  • When speaking to an interviewer, you should be able to explain what you learned, how you've changed your behavior, and how the experience might help you in the future.

One of the qualifications for being a House Adviser is to, "Be in good disciplinary standing in accordance with Reed College policies and the Honor Principle. Applicants may not be eligible for the HA position if they have received two or more AOD violations at Reed."

If you have received multiple violations or a serious AOD violation, your application may not be considered.

Can I apply to be an HA if I plan on studying abroad or taking a leave for a semester next year?

The role of the House Adviser is to assist in enhancing the residential housing experience for students at Reed College. As such, there are a number of reasons why we give preference to candidates who can commit to the position for the entire academic year.

  • We believe that residents are best served when their HA is a consistent presence in their hall throughout the year. When the HA changes in the middle of the year, it is harder for residents to build and maintain trust with their HA.
  • Training a new staff member and integrating them into an Area Group in the middle of the year is difficult and time consuming for many people.
  • Finding two people who will be at Reed on opposite semesters requires coordination, and takes a spot away from a candidate who may be willing and able to commit to the full year.

How will being an HA affect my Financial Aid?

Having an on-campus position can affect your financial aid in different ways.  To be sure of how this will affect your aid, please contact financial aid at financial.aid@reed.edu and discuss your situation.

Can I have other jobs on campus and be an HA?

Yes!  However, we ask that students consider the challenges with maintaining multiple positions before choosing to do so, and recommend that HAs work no more than 10 hours in other positions unless they discuss it with their supervisor.

How many hours per week does the HA position require?

We estimate that the HA position typically takes up about 10 hours per week, but this can vary quite significantly depending on the time of year, and how you choose to schedule your work.

If you have questions about your ability to commit to the House Adviser position for the full year, please talk with your Resident Director for more information.

I need two recommendations? Tell me more!

In order to have a complete application, we ask candidates to have a faculty or staff member, as well as a current (or most recent) HA evaluate you in terms of your potential as a future HA. We even have a page dedicated to securing a quality recommendation. As always, you can email res.life@reed.edu with any specific questions about this or any other part of the application process.

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