What is a Resident Assistant?
The Resident Assistants (RAs) are live-in student staff members of Campus Living. They are here to help you during your stay at Red River College and work to support your personal, social, and academic growth. The goal of the RA is to help create a safe, healthy living and learning environment on your floor and in the residence.
When is my RA on-duty?
Each night, one RA is on-duty. From Monday-Thursday, they’re on duty from 4:30pm – 8:30am the next day. On weekends/holidays, an RA is on duty 24 hours a day.
When an RA is on-duty, please contact them by phone if you need anything. They are a source of information, a peer-counselor who can help refer you to any resources on-campus you need, they provide great activities and programs, and they help keep the community accountable and respectful to each other.
If you are locked out of your room or need assistance, your on-duty RA is there to help!
What can my RA do for me?
Your first move into residence can sometimes be a bit of a shock. Your RAs are here to ensure that you make a smooth transition. Remember that your RA is a resident too and has probably experienced a lot of the same things you have. RAs must have good grades and social skills, and hold strong and positive values about community life.
Conflict management, assertiveness, community responsibility, time management, and cultural understanding are issues that will, in some way, be addressed in residence. RAs are here to help you with any issue that comes your way through policy enforcement, programming, and informal peer counseling.
RAs strive to develop a community where residents respect one another, are concerned with the well-being of each other, and are civil in their interactions with one another.
RAs keep bulletin boards up-to-date, hold monthly meetings, and consistently interact with other residents. They keep their cluster team members and Campus Living Office staff informed of issues in residence through staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, accurate incident documentation, and other written documentation.
Campus Resource Person
Many residents want to know what’s happening on campus, where they can go for help with writing a paper, where to go for counselling, etc. RAs help residents connect to the broader community within our College.
RAs don’t “get people in trouble” or “bust” residents; part of their job involves upholding policy and educating students about responsible community living. Living in a large community takes a lot of consideration and respect for your neighbors. RAs will help ensure the Rules of Residence Living are upheld to hold residents accountable to their actions, as well as inform them of how their actions impact the community. Incidents will be documented and it is encouraged for residents to take responsibility for their actions if there is a negative impact on the community. Overall, RAs ensure residents have access to clean, quiet, and comfortable housing, while striving to be as approachable as possible. Their own personal relationships with residents should never affect how they approach policy enforcement.