The role of a Resident Assistant is an important one. An RA is responsible for ensuring that the comfort and safety of residents are upheld. They also enforce the rules of the community and provide support to residents and other staff members. RAs are trained in emergency protocols, general counseling skills, and how to properly refer a student to get their questions answered or to receive an available resource on campus. Other roles an RA partakes in include being a role model, problem solver, conflict mediator, campus resource, community builder, group facilitator, counselor, and administrator.
RAs are required to abide by all University policies. They also make decisions and interact with students in an ethical, caring manner that demonstrates our expectations for all students.
RAs are the first line of contact for the students in the residence halls. As such, they answer questions, help students work through difficult life challenges, connect them with resources, help them find strong social connections, and encourage them to get involved on campus.
RAs will facilitate the community standards process by holding meetings with their community to set expectations by which the community wants to live.
RAs help the campus community remain a safe place to live. They have extensive training in a variety of crisis response situations.