Residence Hall Staff Essential Information


This page serves as an informational page for you so you'll know a little more about the program you might be working for this summer.

History of Upward Bound

- Federally funded initially in 1964-65

- Has been at MSU since 1966

- We have 2 Classic Upward Bound programs and a Math & Science Center 

Goals/Purpose of Upward Bound
To generate the academic skills and motivation necessary for successful completion of high school and enrollment and success in some type of postsecondary education.

Students Served – Classic Upward Bound
- 178 students, freshmen through seniors. Typically accepted as freshmen & sophomores

- Participate throughout all of their high school years

- Target schools: Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Counties

- Selection criteria: Low income or first generation, grade point average, career goals, motivation, counselor & teacher recommendations, and personal interview

Students Served - Math & Science Center
- 50 students served, freshmen through seniors

- Target area: Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, or any of the Talent Search/Upward Bound students from programs in Kentucky

- Selection criteria: The same for the Classic Upward Bound program plus the student must have an interest or aptitude in the math/science fields
 
Academic Year Component – Classic Upward Bound & Math & Science
- School visits (once monthly): check on grades, teach critical thinking activities, recruiting, and meet with high school guidance counselors

- Return Trips: one Saturday a month and students focus on academic courses, ACT prep, college orientation and financial aid



This section serves as an informational page for you so you'll know a little more about the summer program, rules, and regulations that we ask residence hall staff to enforce throughout the summer.

Summer Component – Classic Upward Bound

- A summer program with 1 week non residential (June 4 – 7) and five week residential designed to simulate the college experience

- Dates are June 3 – July 12 for students and May 29 – July 13 for Student Advisors & Summer Supervisors (SS starts on May 21)

- Tribe nights: groups of 8-10 students who become a “tribe” during the summer with adult volunteers. They meet one night a week to go out to dinner and other activities such as going to the movies, bowling, miniature golf, eSA.

- Activities and events: college visits, Kings Island, dances, UB Prom, Awards Program

- End of summer trip: Washington, DC for 2012, but we’ve visited Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC, Gettysburg, PA; Atlanta, GA; and many other great destinations in the past.



MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENT ADVISORS

Your SA Group

Each Student Advisor will be assigned 10-12 students. You will live in the residence hall near your students. You will act as a mentor for these students. You will also be very involved in the day-to-day happenings of the Upward Bound program and your students. If they have a problem they will come to you for help.

Work Schedule

You are on the job 24 hours a day; you work from 5 pm on Sunday until 4 pm on Friday each week. You get every weekend off. You must attend all activities, and you’ll tutor in 2 elective classes. You will get 1-2 mornings off a week. 


Program Rules
You will be in charge of enforcing program rules. You will see some examples of these on the following page. You will get extensive training on our program rules and behavioral expectations of our students. During our staff training week (May 29- June 1) you will be prepared for every aspect of this job. You will be told about all the legal requirements of this job; you will be given a brief course on counseling/mentoring students and when to pass something up the chain of command, and you will be certified in CPR & First Aid. Any questions you might have about our rules or program operation will be answered then. You will get extensive training before you supervise students.

Paperwork
As with any job, particularly a federal program, there is a great deal of paperwork. We go over all the paperwork during staff training. 


Salary
The starting salary is $1900 for the summer for Student Advisors. Returning SAs get $2100. Summer Supervisors are paid $2900. All salaries listed are before taxes. 



This section is a summary of the majority of rules that residence hall staff must enforce all summer long. If you are hired these will be explained in more detail, but these are provided to you now so you will be able to answer specific questions in your interview about rules and student behavior. *NOTE* - despite the fact that there are a number of rules listed here most (75% or more) of our students do not get into any trouble during the summer. Rules are there to keep students safe and preserve order!

Summer Rules


ISSUES RELATED TO SIGN IN or SIGN OUT (SISO)

Upward Bound uses as SISO system to keep track of students. Students should be able to be located in less than 5 minutes anytime they have free time (unscheduled time throughout the day – SAs monitor this and ensure that students are following the rules).

LATE FOR CURFEW AND BED CHECK

Students must be in their residence hall every evening by 10 pm, on their floor by 10:30 pm and in their room with their lights off by 11 pm every day. SAs supervise students to ensure that this happens.

FAILURE OF ROOM INSPECTION

SKIPPING or TARDY TO CLASS/ACTIVITES

FAILURE TO COMPLETE HOMEWORK

SLEEPING IN CLASS

FAILURE TO ATTEND EVENING/WEEKEND FUNCTIONS/MEALS

DISRUPTIVE OR RUDE BEHAVIOR INVOLVING UPWARD BOUND STUDENTS, STAFF OR UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL (This includes but is not limited to profanity.)

VIOLATION OF BOUNDARY LINES
Students have boundaries that they must stay within at all times. These boundaries change throughout the day (depending on time), and students must be in bounds at all time.

RIDING IN A VEHICLE WITHOUT PERMISSION

RUDE OR DISRUPTIVE USE OF PHONES or USE OF or VISIBLE CELL PHONE DURING CLASS (This includes “texting”)

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION (The ONLY allowed behavior: holding hands, arm around shoulder or waist, hugs)

USING/TAKING SOMEONE ELSE’S BELONGINGS WITHOUT PERMISSION (food, CDs, clothing, etc.)

USE OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS OR SMOKING

LITTERING - (Including on campus, in the residence hall, on the bus, while on trips or any time you are representing the UB program)

USE OF PROFANITY

ACCESSING INAPPROPRAITE MATERIAL (This includes pornography or other inappropriate materials in the residence halls, classrooms, computer labs, off-campus or anywhere you are representing the UB program. This also includes inappropriate magazines or videos.)

EVADING STAFF MEMBERS (This means if a staff member tells you to come to them, whether you are breaking a rule or not, you are to report to them immediately. Running from staff members endangers you and staff.)

INAPPROPRIATE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASS (This includes not staying on task when your class is using a computer lab or computer classroom. Examples include being on MySpace, Facebook, email, IMing, playing games or otherwise being off task to be determined by SA or instructor.)

BEING ALONE OUTSIDE AFTER 8 PM (Students MUST be walking with at least one other person after 8 pm.)

In addition to the above rules we have six "big" rules. Any student found to be violating any of these rules will be immediately dismissed from Upward Bound. 


These rules are:

1. Possession and/or use of alcohol or illegal drugs

2. Sexual misconduct

3. Physical or verbal abuse of staff or another student

4. Possession and/or use of weapons or fireworks

5. Stealing or shoplifting

6. Intentional damage of property: public, personal or private