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Functions of an RA

Being an RA is more than just a job; it is a life experience. Take some time to talk with someone who works in Residence Life. They can give you a realistic picture of what to expect as an RA. Please contact us with any questions at: reslife@antiochcollege.edu

What does a Resident Assistant do?

An RA wears many different hats. In addition to being a student, an RA’s responsibilities in the residence halls take top priority. Here are some of the roles RAs take on in the community:

Educator
One of the most exciting opportunities RAs have is the chance to educate their peers. A key part of the RA position is to get to know each and every resident on their floor in a meaningful way. In addition, an RA is asked to facilitate educational, social, and other types of programs for residents. Typically, an RA is required to plan three (3) programs per term. It is important that the RA spends the time and energy necessary to build a community among the residents of their floor or hall. One of the foundations of this community is the understanding that the living environment is an extension academic pursuits.

Support Person
Many residents come to their RA with personal issues and academic concerns. A Resident Assistant may be the first person a resident talks with about these matters. RAs are caring individuals that receive training in order to respond and refer with skill and sensitivity in a variety of counseling situations.

Resource Person
As a representative of the Office of Residence Life, RAs play vital roles in disseminating information about on-campus events, policies and procedures to residents. Posting flyers, writing newsletters, maintaining up-to-date bulletin boards, and hosting meetings are some of the more common ways an RA serves as a resource person.

Administrator
Part of the RA job is task-oriented. Resident Assistants are expected to complete the necessary forms for programs, maintenance requests, discipline incidents, weekly reports and other daily occurrences. It is essential that these administrative functions be carried out promptly. The administrative tasks of the RA position are particularly important at the beginning and end of each semester during check-in and check-out times.

Building rounds are an essential part of keeping halls running smoothly. While on rounds, RAs interact with residents, and address any facility, safety or security issues.

Conduct Person
An RA must uphold, follow, and enforce the policies of the residence halls and of the College. It is important for an RA to understand and be able to articulate the rationale of various policies in order to maintain a respectful community on the hall.

RAs may have to confront inappropriate behaviors of residents and sometimes will need to work with Resident Life Managers to develop positive outcomes.

Role model
RAs are expected to follow all College and Residence Hall policies. An RA must role model responsible, community oriented behavior and is expected to encourage the development of these behaviors in other students.


Who do RAs work with?

Fellow Resident Assistants: are the primary support system for RAs. RAs develop a strong sense of teamwork with their fellow staff members. The relationships built on staff will probably be among the most important outcomes of the college experience. Each hall will have anywhere from two to seven RAs on staff. RAs will also get the chance to collaborate with Resident Assistants from staffs across campus throughout the year in training sessions, campus-wide activities and ongoing staff development activities.

Resident Life Staff: Work in residence halls full-time and are the direct supervisors of RAs. RLMs are responsible for the daily administration of the residence halls. They handle student discipline and counseling, advise the Residence LIfe Advisory Board, plan programming, support students and serve on committees. In collaboration with Residence LIfe Advisory Board (RLAB), they design, implement, coordinate and evaluate policies in the Residence Halls.

The Greater Antioch Community: RAs are community leaders and as such we expect that RAs will collaborate with the community on campus and beyond to provide dynamic programs and events that touch on topics that range from social, to educational and skill-based learning.