Resident Advisors (RAs) are an important part of Bradley University's residence hall staff. RAs are paraprofessional students who are accountable to their hall director(s) and the Director of Residential Living. RAs provide an essential liaison role between the university housing and the residents. They share a large part of the daily responsibility for the operation of the residence halls. The RA position, by its very nature, requires an individual who is acutely sensitive to the needs of students; can be flexible regarding time demands; is willing and able to relate to a wide variety of individuals; is knowledgeable about support services available to students; can perform essential administrative tasks; is sensitive to diversity in lifestyles; and has a genuine desire to be of service to others. The RA must have a knowledge and appreciation for the various stresses placed upon the individual student in the academic community environment, as well as an understanding of each resident’s responsibility to the welfare of the community.
Residence life staff members bear a sizable responsibility for the welfare of student residents. At the same time, they must maintain sound relationships within the structure of the University and the University Housing. The ethical considerations set forth below are excellent behavioral guidelines for the administration of a student residence.
Any additional graduate assistantships and practicums must be approved in advance by the Center for Residential Living and Leadership.
Consult, in advance, with the residential living office before making any major time commitments such as any remunerative positions, major campus organization involvements, student teaching or co-op positions, etc.