Student resident advisors at George Washington University have filed a petition seeking representation by the Service Employees International Union Local 500. George Washington is a private institution and, if successful, the SEIU organizing effort will establish the first bargaining unit of resident advisors at a private university or college. A comparable bargaining unit exists at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, but that institution is state-funded and not subject to the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board under National Labor Relations Act. Based on a public statement by an official of George Washington, the university is expected to contest the “employee” status of the resident advisors, contending that the university “does not believe it makes sense to apply a federally regulated system of collective bargaining to students who are temporarily in a program as part of their educational experience.”