Letter to the editor: In response to the anonymous op-ed submission about the RA selection process

Kawanna Leggett, Rob Wild | Executive Director of Residential Life, Dean of Students

We are writing to acknowledge the concerns that were raised in a recent anonymous submission to Student Life. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority, and our team of well-trained and carefully selected resident advisers are here to ensure that the students living with us feel safe and supported. We agree with the author of the anonymous letter that the onus should not be on survivors to bring forward information related to sexual assault allegations about resident adviser applicants if that information is already known somewhere else within the University. We are committed to fully vetting all of our applicants through a rigorous interview and screening process. We share the names of all of our applicants with multiple campus partners to help us determine whether our applicants have been involved in past situations which would prevent them from being strong candidates for the position. And when members of the community bring information forward about our candidates, that information becomes part of the process.

We are proud of our dedicated team of resident advisers and believe this is one of the most challenging and important leadership roles we have for students on our campus. If anyone in our community has information or suggestions they would like to share with us about our resident adviser selection process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.