As an Resident Assistant, you may be faced with any number of very challenging situations. This section of the site provides resources for you to explore as you learn how to address some of the difficult situations you may face. It is very important to remember that any policy or procedure from your institution should always be followed,. It is also very important to remember that as an RA, you are not a professional and your job is often to simply get your resident connected with the appropriate individual, office, department or other resource. As always, please share your own ideas here!




Dealing with the topic of Suicide

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As with any major student issue or concern, it is IMPERATIVE that you communicate with yoru supervisor if you think you have a resident who is considering suicide. Remember, you are not a professional! The following is a guideline, but always remember your job is…

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Dealing with the death of a resident

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In the early part of this school year, I was called into my Hall Director's office to recieve some bad news. One of my residents, Curt, had died in a car accident that monday morning. He forgot his laundry from the weekend, and decided to…

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Dealing with the aftermate of a Suicide

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Last semester was my first semester as an RA. I had a floor of 67 coed first-year students. Late in the year, one of my residents, who had become a friend of mine, killed himself. I found him in his room within 2 hours after…

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Critical Incidents – Response and Reaction

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It is something that Residence Life staff everywhere hope never to have to deal with, yet the threat is real. RA training touches upon it barely, if at all. What I talk about is a critical incident, not somewhere else or even off-campus, but right…

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Confronting Negative Behavior

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Q. Unfortunately, part of the RA job is confronting negative behavior. This can be a tough role to take on, especially since the relationships we have with the residents are so important. What are some suggestions you have for these conforntations? A. Treat residents with…

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