Western Connecticut State University Housing and Residence Life is a featured program.
Priority points are a part of our CULTURE™ program. Each student living on campus receives points based upon their earned credits, GPA, and time spent on campus, as well as points they can earn by working in the hall, attending programs, holding leadership positions or participating in hall council. Students will lose points for being involved in infractions of university policy. These points are tracked (logged) via a self-developed FileMaker database we call Unimatrix. (I’ve attached our brochure, which outlines the specifics of how students earn points.) These points are utilized during room selection to determine when students are scheduled to select their rooms for the next year. The higher the point value, the earlier they go in the selection process. And, because we ask students to sign up in groups for the suites and apartments they want (all students sophomore, junior, senior live in suites and apartments), their scores are added together to determine a time for the group to select space.
SAAs are Student Administrative Assistants. Essentially, they assist the resident directors in a variety of administrative tasks, including scheduling and supervision of student information desk staff workers. SAAs will assist with entering/logging priority points, as well as other administrative activities within the residence hall (maintenance requests follow-up, etc.) They are hourly student staff – paid at a slightly higher rate than other student employees. They are only permitted to work 12 hours per week. There is 1 SAA in each of our smaller buildings, and 2 in our 2 apartment buildings.
Submitted by Maribeth Griffin, Director of Residential Programs & Staff, Western Connecticut State University