Neighborhood Relations Initiatives

Our neighborhood relations outreach includes partnerships with local police, the Greater Towson Council of Community Association, the Towson Chamber of Commerce, and more.  

 

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Community & Police Partnerhips

Towson University Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the Division of Student Affairs Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education work closely together proactively to keep Towson students safe and responsible on and off-campus. 

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Community Police Patrols Grant

Towson University provide police officer grant funding to the Towson precinct of the Baltimore County Police for community patrolling for every weekend from opening weekend in the fall through Halloween weekend, and once again in the spring during Tigerfest weekend. Funding allows extra-duty police personnel to focus patrols in local campus communities.

Underage Drinking Task Force

Local grant funds enable the TUPD and BCPD to team up on the Underage Drinking Task Force. Each semester our police officers work together to identify problems with underage alcohol consumption, fake IDs and DUI check points.

Read the 2-page report summary (PDF)  highlighting the positive differences the university's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) programs and policies are making in student perceptions and behaviors.

K-9 Patrol Unit

TU Police Department's K-9 Unit, consisting of Cpl. Andrew Cline and Fillmore, a scent trained black Labrador retriever. Fillmore is trained to search for illegal drugs on our campus and as needed within proximity to our campus to assist BCPD.

Community Ambassador Program

The CA program consists of a student community ambassador who, similiar to an on-campus Resident Assistant (RA), works with the students living in the neighborhood, helping them understand expectations for living well in the community. Community ambassadors talk with student residents about neighbors’ expectations and community concerns like noise, trash, and party behavior. Ambassadors also plan fun events for students and neighbors.After a pilot run in one community during the 2009-2010 academic year, the Community Ambassador program has expanded each year to include new local neighborhoods.  

The Big Event and Town & Gown Clean Up Days

The Big Event is Towson University’s largest day of community service where Towson University students give back to the Towson community by helping out local homeowners and non-profits. After six years, Towson University’s Big Event has grown to encompass over 1,400 students and over 100 different project sites. The 2016 Big Event will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 9 a.m.

The entire Towson community partners twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring, for the Town & Gown Clean-Up day to help improve working and living conditions in Towson. Beautification efforts include painting, garden bed clean-up for local streetscapes and neighborhoods. 

Off-Campus Living Fair & Workshops

The annual Off-Campus Living Fair is held each spring semester in the University Union. Representatives from various apartment complexes and businesses in the Towson provide information to students who are interested in living off-campus for the next academic year. Students receive the interactive online guide and literature about community expectations, Baltimore County Code, and University policies. This guide gives students information about making a decision on where to live and how to navigate the additional responsibilities of living off-campus. We encourage our students to be aware of city codes and to get to know their neighbors. Students and neighbors can contact the university’s Office of Off-Campus Student Services for more information, 410-704-4632.