How To Avoid Being Written Up By Your Resident Advisor

Now that you no longer live under your parents’ roof you have free reign to do whatever you please, right? Wrong. Besides the obvious (and often ignored) reason of being a responsible adult, authoritative figures do still exist in the dorms in the form of RAs.

Since you are living on campus housing you must abide by the regulations they set forth for you. As teenagers it is hard to resist the temptation of breaking rules—this is the time to be young and reckless! Trust me, I can relate.

If you fail to abide by the rules and get caught there will definitely be consequences. Resident advisers, also known as RAs, do “rounds” a few times a night where they walk through each floor of each dorm building. If they have suspicions that there is drinking taking place in your dorm room they will knock on the door and write up every person in that room, regardless of if you are drinking or not. After a certain amount of violations they reserve the right to kick you out of university housing.

Here are some ways you can attempt to avoid this debacle altogether.

Don’t Party

The certain yet undesirable solution: not partying.

The best way to stay out of trouble is to follow the rules. If university housing tells you not to drink, smoke or listen to music loud in your dorm room ideally you should not do any of those things.

People who don’t party even run the risk of getting in trouble just by being in the presence of it. There are also other more general things you can get written up for.

If you obey the rules you will be guaranteed to not get in trouble and you’ll also always have a clear conscious.

In a perfect world this would be the only advice I would give. The truth of the matter is for many college freshmen this is simply not an option. However, it may be an option to get your rebellion out elsewhere, maybe at a friend’s house off campus.

Respect Your Authority

Contrary to popular belief, not all RAs are out to get you. Generally RAs are fellow students going through a lot of the same stuff you are. They are just doing their job.

It would be wise of you to get to know or at the very least say hello when you see some of the RAs around. Be kind to them and realize that they are normal, understanding human beings.

You will be much better off if you develop a relationship with your RA rather than having a separation from them similar to the one you have with your teachers or…the government.

Keep It Low Key

If you are going to entertain guests in your dorm room, make sure you keep the number limited. The more people crammed in your dorm, the louder it will be, the more likely you will be to get written up. You especially don’t need to keep your door open and make it a free-for-all. This is just inviting an RA to come in and bust you for something.

In a party setting or not, you should always keep your music at a somewhat low level. This is courteous to your neighbors who may be trying to study or sleep. If you’re like me and enjoy music blasting at all times, plug your headphones in. On the weekends it is less of a big deal but better to be safe than sorry. Also if your music is loud it will give RAs a reason to knock on your door and “check” what’s going on.

It’s great to have fun in college—that’s how it should be. However, it would be a lot less fun if you got into any major trouble so stay smart.

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Natalie Alexander

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Natalie Alexander is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. In her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing, exploring, swimming, laughing, shopping, napping, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
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