Resident assistants reside in college dormitories and play an active role in the lives of the students also living in that dormitory or hall. University and dormitory rules are enforced by the resident assistants, who must act as role models for the students under their supervision. University students may go to a resident assistant if they have academic or personal problems, and resident assistants provide support and referrals to campus resources as needed. Since living in a dormitory is a new experience for most students, resident assistants help students adjust to their new living arrangements and facilitate socialization in their dormitory (often working with other resident assistants to do so).
Resident assistants also conduct meetings with students to explain policies and rules and make sure that there are no problems or misunderstandings. They report to their supervisor any misconduct or breaking of university or dormitory rules. They may assist in emergency situations if requested. Students may also go to resident assistants if their room is in need of any maintenance, and the resident assistants send these reports to their supervisor. They also report any damages done to a room that were not there before the student moved in, as well as handle students being locked out of their rooms.
Qualifications for resident assistant positions vary by university, but most resident assistants are required to maintain a high grade-point average, have no disciplinary record, be a full-time student at the university and have lived in a dormitory for at least a year prior to the current school year.
Resident Assistant Tasks
Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.