Residence Life and Housing

The mission of Residential Life and Housing is to support the academic mission and educational program of the University through the provision of residence hall housing and to provide a clean, attractive, and well-maintained, convenient and safe living environment for students.

Residence Life and Housing is also responsible for dining services, camp and conference housing.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing at Cheyney University plays a unique role in supporting the overall University’s mission by providing efficient and effective services that:

  • Address students’ needs
  • Offer a living-learning environment that encourages academic success, civic engagement, and intellectual development
  • Build community
  • Develop and prepare students as future leaders

We encourage students to become actively involved in campus life. This helps foster a comprehensive understanding of social, multicultural human issues, responsibilities through programming, cultural opportunities that enhance independence and self-governance.

Our office plays a vital role in collaborating with internal and external University partners to foster successful student transitions to the collegiate experience.

Residential Life and Housing Staff

Our office Administration handle day-to-day activities related to financial planning, billing, record-keeping, personnel, and physical distribution within the department.  Most students visit our administrative offices a few times throughout the year for assistance pertaining to Housing Accommodations, Room Changes, or Vacating On-Campus Housing.  Your Housing Administrative staff is composed of four integral offices, which include the Administrative Assistant, Project Coordinator, and the Director of Residence Life and Housing.

Our Campus Living Assistants consist of specially trained full-time university employees responsible for the management and daily operations of campus residence halls.  All of our Campus Living Assistants are alum of the University, and are full of pride as a fellow Wolf.  All of our assistants are ecstatic to work for our beloved Cheyney University.  Most students see their Campus Living Assistant daily carrying out meaningful conversation and building relationships amongst them.  Our Assistant’s nurturing ability not only helps the students matriculate academically through the University but also develops the “Life Long” personal skills the students will need after college.

Our Resident Assistants are trained peer leaders.  They supervise those living in their specific residence hall.  Our RA’s, who are paraprofessionals, have many roles and responsibilities including, but not limited to, building residential community through programming and acting as counselors for students.  They are also trained to be a constant primary resource for students with academic or institutional questions, and enforcing resident hall policies.  Our RAs go through training so that they can best serve the students.  Our RAs balance their own schedules and priorities with the needs of the students they are supporting.  Above all, our resident assistants serve as an example of professionalism and uphold personal accountability as outlined by the University and our Office.  Most of our students hold personal relationships with their RAs.  The students see the RAs throughout the entire day in classes, whether it be in class, the café, or campus events.  Our RAs strive to be the best, not only at Cheyney University but in the PASSHE system.

Our Support Staff consist of full-time and part-time individuals who manage the Residence Halls during the evening and nightly hours of operation.  The student’s safety is the first priority of our support staff.  Many times, throughout the night, they are making constant rounds and walking the Residence Halls making sure the proper doors, both interior and exterior, are properly secured.  Most students see the Support Staff late at night and hold conversations with them.  These individuals maintain the Residence Hall while everyone is resting.

Our Work Study consist of students that assist the staff in the office and the residence hall.  Their duties are mostly clerical but they also handle duties as they are assigned.  Many times students also have personal connections with Work Study students. Although the Work Study individual does not have the same training as the RAs and Campus Living Assistants in the building they are a very helpful tool for the Housing staff.    











Contact Information

The Office of Residence Life and Housing is located on the 3rd floor of Burleigh Hall.

Elisabeth Burton
Executive Director, Office of Campus Life & Student Affairs

Thomas Nixon                                 Associate Director Community Living/Judicial Affairs                        
(610) 399-2126

Dana James
Administrative Assistant

Lauren Ann Sealey                        
Project Assistant

Please send all Housing inquiries to

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed- Saturday & Sunday

Mailing Address:
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
The Office of Residence Life and Housing
PO Box 200
1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200