The primary role of the RA is developing a community of students in a university living environment. RAs create opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others and are responsible for facilitating the general safety and well-being of the community. The RA position is a challenging and rewarding experience. There are opportunities for RAs to develop skills in many areas including leadership, communication, programming, counseling, crisis management, and other transferable skills. Much of this development is obtained through training activities (August, winter, and Monday nights) as well as weekly staff meetings. RAs are also expected to take an active role in departmental committees and initiatives. The Resident Advisor (RA), as a member of the Residential Life team, is supervised by a Residential College/Community Director (RCD). As a representative of the Office of Residential Life, RAs must abide by and uphold University regulations as well as state and federal law.

Residential Life Diversity Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is a community of diverse people brought together in the common pursuits of education, personal growth, and community development. Residential Life is committed to supporting and nurturing diversity through recognizing these shared endeavors and the uniqueness that each student, faculty, and staff member brings to them. Through the similarities and differences we find in our race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, and national origin, we believe that our campus provides rich and unique opportunities to learn from one another. We believe that our diversity enriches and empowers the lives of us all.

Our mission is to provide a supportive, educational, and self-exploratory campus environment through residential living at Washington University. Freedom of thought and mutual respect are viewed as cornerstones of this mission; therefore, acts of oppression, discrimination, abuse, harassment, and/or hatred will not be tolerated or ignored. Everyone who chooses to live in or visit our residential colleges must understand that we will not allow any form of bigotry, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. Any attempt to oppress any individual or group is a threat to everyone in the community. Such behavior will be addressed with the understanding that education is always our primary goal.

General Expectations

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled as a Full time Student
  • Junior or Senior in class standing
  • Role model positive behavior that is in alignment with Residential Life expectations, the University’s Student Conduct and Community Standards Code, and individual community standards.
  • Foster an environment that is respectful of and conducive to intellectual discourse among all members of the community
  • Role model healthy academic behaviors while fostering a culture that values multiple styles of learning and engagement academically within your community.

Community Building

Community Building

  • Develop a personal understanding of identity, equity, diversity and social justice, and foster an inclusive community respectful and accepting of multiple identities.
  • Become acquainted with residents to understand their emotional, physical, academic, and social needs. Facilitate resolution of interpersonal conflicts among residents.
  • Implement the residential area’s Community Engagement Model.

Collaboration & Involvement

  • Become familiar with position expectations, individual RCD expectations, and Residential Life policies and procedures.
  • Implement and evaluate University and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Office of Residential Life and support all departmental initiatives.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned by the RCD or other Residential Life staff.

Crisis Management & Emergency Response

  • Respond to personal crises and emergencies of residents with promptness, dependability, and consideration for individual needs in alignment with University and Residential Life guidelines.
  • Serve as a Responsible Employee for the University. A responsible employee is a Washington University employee who has the authority to address sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a member of the University community could reasonably believe has such authority or duty.
  • Document crisis and emergency information into the Res Life reporting system.
  • Be familiar with campus and community resources in order to provide information and referrals to residents.
  • Enforce and uphold all University and Residential Life policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Participate in duty rotation, which can include desk shift rotations at the duty desk and cell phone duty shifts (overnight).


  • Complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
  • Promptly post signage, pertinent community information and regularly change passive programming
  • Identify and report maintenance concerns in community
  • Assist in opening and closing of residential communities at the beginning and end of each semester.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the RCDs, ARCD, Grad Fellow, and other Residential Life professionals
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and/or trainings. RAs must have Monday nights from 7pm-11pm available.
  • Attend weekly and/or bi-weekly 1:1s with RCD

Personal & Professional Development

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to racial justice on an individual and communal level
  • Participate in a focus area to support initiatives within the residential community and/or the Office of Residential Life
  • Maintain an ethic and practice of self-care and encourage others on staff and in your communities to do the same
  • Pursue Green Dot and Safe Zone certification by the deadline laid out by the Professional Development Committee


  • Room and Board is provided for all RAs
  • New RAs: Half Silver Meal Plan
  • Returning RAs: Full Silver Meal Plan