Resident Assistants (R.A.s) are employed for the 9-month academic year by the Dean of Students Office. RAs serve in a variety of important roles in the HLS residence halls. They are liaisons between residents and the Dean of Students Office, and serve as an extension of the DOS staff. They facilitate a group living experience that fosters mutual respect and strong community standards. They develop and promote social, recreational, and academic programs, as well as events and activities for residents. They advise residents both collectively and individually on Harvard Law School resources. They serve as role models by being good members of the residence life community, complying with University and Law School policies, and enthusiastically participating in the life of the community. In addition, R.A.s are expected, in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, to deal with emergency situations and to emphasize safety in the dorms.