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Resident Assistant Boundaries

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Luke Montgomery

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Resident Assistant Boundaries

The Path Ahead...
Setting Boundaries While Building Community
Learning Outcomes
The End
To become aware of the different boundaries an RA is able to establish between their residents.
To be able to identify the consequences (positive or negative) of the boundaries an RA sets.
To gain insight in some of the ways you, as an RA, can foster a strong community on your floor(s) given these boundaries.
Why Boundaries & What Are They?
Boundaries Affiliated With the Role
By effectively balancing the boundaries you create, with the relationships you want to have with your residents, you truly can make Loyola feel like home, not only for yourself but for your residents as well.
One of the greatest responsibilities of the RA/LCA position includes building relationships with residents.
As you set out, down the path of being a RA/LCA, it is vital that you reflect on the type of relationships YOU want to have with residents. This involves thinking about the boundaries (or lack of) that you will set with them. These boundaries will ultimately determine how your community is going to engage with you as their RA/LCA, as well as how your community is built and strengthened.
It would not be a complete Res Life presentation without them! ;)
Undoubtedly, a RA's biggest responsibility is to build relationships with residents and help foster a cohesive community.
All of this must be done while ensuring that school policies are not being broken - difficult dynamic.
It is up to YOU to decide what kind of RA you want to be while maintaining that boundary.
Are you going to friend your residents on Facebook?
Are you going to follow them on Twitter?
Residents have more access to your personal info.
You must manage your profile (s)more closely
You never know what you may come across...
Can break a barrier between Residents and RA
Great form of communication
My Co-RA and I created a FB group for our residents:
These are choices you should make from the beginning.
It is also important to know how you are going to communicate these choices to residents.
Phone Number?
Personal Relationships & Interactions
Personal Space
Or just stick with email?
Entering Room, Appropriate Sitting Spaces, use fridge/freezer, etc.
Staff Relations
This is where it all starts! :)
How close are you going to let yourself get?
What boundaries are you going to have?
How are you going to continuously support your staff?
Are you going to share it?

What role are YOU going to play?
Using your bathroom?
How are you going to handle study time?
As you have probably heard, the position is very similar to living in a fish bowl...
This is you! :)
Residents will notice your interactions and may question you.
"Who was that girl/guy?"
Typically will think you are romantically involved...
"Want to go to the movies?"
YOU DECIDE what you want your relationship to be like.
It is important to set the tone of your conversations.
Actively Engaged?
Provide Resources?
You set the tone for your residents behavior
Holding residents and their guests accountable
Not only telling violators it is a violation,but why it is a policy
Make the issue about them and their community, not about yourself
When expectations and community standards are violated
Take Aways:
1) Know why it is important to establish boundaries with residents.
2) Going into the year, it is important to know how professional you want to be with your residents.
3) Reflect on the boundaries you hope to uphold with residents.
Remember that what you say may not be kept confidential.
The Professional aspect of the job
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