Stuck in the Middle: RA Misconduct Issues

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Resident advisors straddle the line between employee and student, which makes them subject to further conduct rules and regulations than the average student. Typically, most schools require that resident advisors be student staff who currently live and work in the residence halls. Resident advisors (RA) work alongside professional and graduate staff to create events for residents to participate in. Ideally, an RA would have an unwavering commitment to the values of not only the college or university but the housing department in particular. Thus, they would refrain from doing anything to make the university or college look less than stellar.

But what happens when the RA violates one of the many regulations they are supposed to abide by? Are they punished as a student or an employee?

Common Issues for Resident Advisors Across the Country

While RA's are employees of the university, they are still students. Because of this, RA's are looked at more like older brothers and sisters rather than employees who can punish their college residents. Many RA's allow their residents to drink alcohol in their dormitories or common areas, even if it's not allowed. Others have been known to allow parties in singular dorm rooms or for guests to stay over on campus even if it goes against the university's rules.

Penalizing Resident Advisors

Generally, RA's can be penalized for any issue that a regular student or employee would be penalized for – like Title IX violations, sexual misconduct allegations, academic dishonesty, and other disciplinary issues. At the University of Central Florida, RA's are expected to abide by the university regulations, as well as any applicable state and federal laws. Additionally, they must stay in good conduct standing from the moment their receive their employment offer until they decide to leave the position or graduate out. If an RA is caught violating UCF's regulations, their position could be terminated.

Further, RA's at UCF must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point of 2.50 average for their entire employment. If they slip below this threshold, they will be given two weeks to get their grades changed. If they cannot, their RA contract will be terminated. UCLA RA's are expected to follow a similar rule: they must maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA from the moment they apply for the job throughout their employment. If unsuccessful, they may also lose their contract.

It's important to remember that resident advisors tend to live in the dormitory they are working in, so if they are removed from their position, they may also be removed from their living arrangements.

How an Attorney-Advisor Can Help

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have spent years helping college students navigate disciplinary proceedings. They understand that for RAs, this isn't just their job, it's their livelihood, room, and board, and as such, they need a comprehensive defense to help them overcome the charges without losing their place as an RA or college student.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a disciplinary issue or violating the school's RA code of conduct, call 888-535-8636 today or schedule a consultation online. Attorney Lento and his team can help.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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