CA Application Process

The application for 2017-2018 community assistant opens on March 1, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on March 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. . Apply here.


CA Frequently Asked Questions


1.       Should I go through the returner housing application process if I am applying to be a CA?

You should plan for fall housing without considering the CA position in your plans.  If you would you like to live on campus next year even if you are selected for a CA position, please go through the returner housing application process. 


2.        What is the GPA requirement for the position?

You must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA and 2.7 semester GPA in order to qualify for the position.


3.       What are the benefits of the position?

Community Assistants receive room and the All Access I meal plan and 70.00 in laundry allotment per semester.  CAs have the ability to impact the lives of students in many different ways.  The CA position also helps students as they transition through college and the CA position has the opportunity to gain student leadership experience.


4.       How many CA positions are there?  Are there any alternate positions?

The total new number of applicants hired will depend on the number of current CAs returning for the next academic year.  There is selection for alternate positions.  These candidates may be used if a position opens up over the summer or mid-year.  It is common to fill 1-3 positions with alternates at some point during the year. 


5.        If I have been documented for an incident, can I still be a CA?

That depends.  Students must be in good conduct standing with the Dean of Students Office and Housing/Residence Life in order to be a CA.  Good standing means:  you are not currently suspended, expelled, on interim suspension, or university probation from the University and/or Residence Life.  In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the Dean of Students Office or The Department of Housing/Residence Life.


6.       May I participate in other extra-curricular activities or have another job while I am a CA?

The expectation of our CAs is that academics come first, the CA job comes second and extracurricular activities come third.  CA should anticipate 15-20 scheduled hours per week of routine responsibilities (i.e. staff meetings, resident contact, office coverage, staff assignments, etc.)  We recognize as a student leader, students may want to be involved in other leadership opportunities, but outside employment is not permitted for new CAs, and the CA position must be the primary leadership position after academics. 


7.       What does being “on duty” mean?

Specific on duty tasks vary by area.  However, on average, while on duty, CAs are expected to remain in their area.  The CA will address all resident concerns from 8:00p-8:00p and aid fellow CAs, Resident Managers, Hall Directors and other university staff on duty as needed.  CAs also may be used to work the desk in the residence hall. Additionally, on duty CAs walk through the building (s), address facility concern or resident behavioral issues, and report incidents to their Hall Director and/or Hall Director on duty. 


8.       I currently live off campus.  Can I apply to be a CA?

Yes, however, must have lived on a university campus for two semesters by the time employment begins in order to be considered.


9.       If hired, may I pick the community in which I work?

No, placements are offered based on the skills and strengths of each CA candidate and the needs of the Department of Housing/Residence Life.


10.   If offered placement in a certain residence hall, and do not accept, am I eligible for placement in another hall?

No, the initial placement is considered the final offer.  If you do not accept the initial placement, you will no longer be an eligible candidate for other building placements.


11.   Are graduate students eligible to apply for CA positions?

Yes.  While CA positions are staffed in undergraduate communities, full time graduate students are eligible to apply. 


12.    When do I need to be back at JSU for CA training?  If I have a conflict, can I be late for training or miss training?

CA training  for the academic school year begins in August.  Please look for an update in March.  You are expected to be present on campus, and fully participate in the entirety of fall training, spring training, opening, and CA recruitment.  CA Training is an essential component to being successful as CAs will learn about crises management, conflict mediation, emergency protocol, and community operations. CAs are expected to attend all training sessions.  New CAs are not allowed to miss any part of training or opening.

13. Do I need to be enrolled to Apply?

Students applying for Summer CAs must be enrolled and complete 6 credit hours. Students applying for Fall/Spring CAs must be enrolled and complete 15 credit hours per semester.

14.    What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to speak with your current CA, Hall Director, or main staff in the housing office about any other questions.