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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the required GPA to hold a CA/CDA position?

A minimum cumulative NIU GPA of 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA at the time of application. If you do not have an NIU GPA at the time of application, you must submit an official transcript from your previous institution.

What does it mean to be in good judicial standing?

Your record must be free of current or pending violations within Housing & Dining, and the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct, including a clear status in regards to disciplinary probation.

What is group living experience?

Having at least one semester of group living experience (residence halls, military, etc).

Can I hold other positions while I am a CA?

Expect not to hold outside positions during the following times: August training (two weeks before Fall classes and Spring training (one week before spring classes). First semester CAs may hold no additional positions. After the first semester, CAs may work up to 10 hours a week with supervisor approval.

What does it mean to be a full time student?

Full time student status means being enrolled in no less than 12 undergraduate or nine graduate credit hours at the time of application. You must have at least 24 NIU credit hours by end of the semester applying.

What if I am a transfer student?

If you do not have an NIU GPA at the time of application, you will need to submit an official transcript from your previous institution.

How many nights away do I get per semester?

You will get 10 nights away from your room each semester, so about one weekend per month.

How often will I be on duty?

On average about one night per week and one weekend per month, depending on your building and staff.

What meetings will I have to attend as a CA?

Staff meetings are once a week, individual meetings with your supervisor are weekly or bi-weekly, Hall Council, and monthly in-service training sessions (dates will be determined before the August training schedule and shared with the staff).

Should you have any further questions about becoming a Community Advisor or Community Development Assistant, contact Charles Holmes-Hope, Assistant Director for Residential Life Staff Development at 815-753-8716 or communityadvisor@niu.edu.

Special note: The CA Recruitment Process is fluid and subject to change throughout the process. If such changes are warranted, we will inform all candidates in advance so that they have enough time to prepare/adjust their schedules/commitments.