About RHA

WHAT is RHA?   
The Residence Hall Association is the primary student-run governing body that represents the interests of our 12,000+ resident Terrapins.

WHO do we represent?   
The RHA represents all undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is split into 15 halls or areas. Every hall/area council composed of students that represent residents living in their area. These councils work to represent the interests of their hall or area's residents and build community through fun and informational events. 

WHO do we work with?   
The RHA works directly with the Department of Residential Affairs, including the Departments of Resident Life, Residential Facilities, Dining Services, and Transportation, and the Office of Sustainability. RHA is the only student group that allows students direct access to these department directors.
The RHA prides itself on its ability to effectively communicate student concerns to university administrators. Since its creation, the RHA has been working with the four departments within Residential Affairs to effectively advocate for change the students want to see.   

Policies the RHA has helped develop in recent years:           

  • The opening of our newest residence hall, Prince Frederick Hall
  • The successful implementation of Gender-Neutral Housing
  • Support for sustainable composting in the residence halls
  • Implementation of Maryland as a smoke-free campus
  • Review of the Strategic Housing Plan and differentiated housing rates

Executive Board
  • Oversees all of RHA’s activities in both the Senate and the hall/area councils
  • Act as mentors to other RHA members and retain voting rights in the RHA Senate
  • Comprised of eight members
  • Each year a President and Vice President are elected by the Senate and they then appoint the other six positions.
  • Public Relations and Outreach Officer is responsible for promoting RHA around campus
  • Student Groups and Organizations Liaison works with SGA and other student groups
  • Finance Officer manages the Executive Board’s budget and helps coordinate Final Relief Kits
  • Administrative Officer is responsible for taking minutes at RHA meetings
  • Chief Information Officer is responsible for the website and all other technology
  • National Communications Coordinator works with RHAs from other universities and also serves as RHA’s historian 
  • Policy-making arm of the RHA
  • Comprised of Senators from each hall/area council, four At-Large Senators as well as the eight members of the Executive Board
  • Every hall/area council gets a number of Senators proportionate to its residents with each Senator representing 250 residents
  • Meets bimonthly
  • Passes resolutions for or against various issues related to areas in our jurisdiction
  • Each RHA Senator serves on one of our five standing committees which meet every other week with a director of an on-campus department
Hall/Area Councils
  • Each large residence hall on campus is represented by its own hall council
  • Smaller residence halls, such as those on North and South Hill, are represented by community-based area councils
  • Are responsible for planning and running many of the programming events for each residence hall
  • Comprised of a president, several vice presidents, and a number of Senators that represent the council in the RHA Senate
  • Used for students to air concerns about issues in their residence hall, which can then be brought before the RHA as a whole.
Hall Council President
  • Provides executive leadership for hall/area council
  • Oversees all executive positions (Vice Presidents and Community Advocates)
  • Presides over council meetings
  • Serves as a liason to council advisors
  • Act as a liaison to any outside councils or committees in the community
Hall Council Vice President(s)

Note: Not all hall/area councils may have these positions.

Vice President of Community Development
  • Works to ensure the logistics of hall/area council events and programs are carried out
  • Oversees the efforts of all events and programs
  • Mediates hall planning meetings
  • Maintains HOTS points for hall/area council
Vice President of Communication/Marketing
  • Acts the internal and external communicator of their hall/area council
  • Maintains membership records for their council
  • Oversees the recording and distribution of meeting minutes
  • Facilitates communications with hall/community residents
Vice President of Sustainability
  • Maintains membership on the RHA Sustainability Committee (SCOM)
  • Advocates for the environmental concerns of the council he/she represents
  • Acts as a liaison between the committee and the hall council
  • Helps to plan sustainability related programs and initiatives for the community and the campus
  • Attends an additional meeting with SCOM once every two weeks

Hall Council Senator(s)
Some halls/areas depending on their size may have more than one senator.

  • Maintains contact with all RHA Senate members
  • Keeps track of and attends RHA Senate meetings and agendas (bi-weekly)
  • Attends committee meetings with campus department directors on a bi-weekly basis (every other week, bi-weekly on Senate off-weeks)
  • Acts as the campus wide liason for the council executive board and hall resident interests
  • Acts as the liaison between the communication arm of the council, the publications advocate, and the rest of the council cabinet
  • Attends all council meetings, all council events, all Senate meetings, and all committee meetings
Extraneous Hall Council Position(s): Residence Hall Directors may establish Hall Council specific positions. Contact your respective Residence Hall Director for more information.
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