RA (Administrative Responsibilities)
The Resident Assistant fosters an atmosphere that is conducive to study and assists students in the development of community living standards. The Resident Assistant must be familiar with campus policies and procedures, and they direct students to the proper University office or official as necessary. Additionally, Resident Assistants complete required paperwork related to student needs and issues.
Most common encounters with residents that require you to be an administrator:
- Answering individual questions at floor or building meetings by representing the University's policy or procedure for issues or situations.
- Facilitating the creation of a roommate agreements and community living standards.
- Making appropriate referrals to other staff or departments who can assist the student in need.
- Summarizing common student issues and concerns of your area in the form of a weekly report.
- Completing educational bulletin boards for floor and/or hall.
- Documenting situations and inappropriate behaviors in a timely manner.
- Maintaining room condition reports (RCRs) for residents within the community.
Training you are given for being an administrator:
- Explanations and training on the paperwork processes and its importance to the entire Department of Residence Services.
- Fall training workshops include sessions with various administrators and University officials who discuss the University's vision and philosophy for various educational and learning objectives.
- Discussions throughout training and in area staff meetings focus on University goals for community learning and the RA's vital role in realizing those goals.
What happens if there is an administrative position that I don't agree with?
We do not expect all 163 of our student staff members to hold the same opinion on all student issues. In fact, we respect and encourage discussion of various staff opinions on the various "hot topics" that affect our relationships with students. However, we expect that all staff members learn to "question authority" by using mature and educated approaches. If a staff member or candidate adamantly disagrees with certain policies or procedures, then learn to ask questions and educate yourself on the reasons behind why certain stances exist. As a staff member of the University, you are expected to role model appropriate questioning and seeking of knowledge. Any staff member who leads (or follows) their community to adamantly and ignorantly disobey University policy or procedure will be asked to step down from the position.
How will my experience as an administrator apply to a future job after graduation?
- As a front-line employee of the University, you will have vast practice in representing the "company philosophy" to its constituents.
- You will learn to "question authority" in a manner that demonstrates a willingness to educate yourself on the many sides there are to determining courses for action. Employers seek workers who break paradigms and make positive changes by means of critical thinking within their organization.
- Assisting others with floor or roommate agreements will provide the candidate with experience in forming foundations for peers to reach their own goals as well as that of the organization.
- Being knowledgeable on the common issues and concerns of your residents will give you an edge in being responsive and proactive in addressing the needs of your peers. This demonstrates your ability to be that certain employee who is always in-the-know as to the culture of the work environment