The American Sign Language (ASL) Community is a residential learning community for Deaf students and students committed to ASL who wish to improve or maintain their signed language skills. The community is open to students in the Deaf Studies major, students who use ASL in their everyday lives, and students who affiliate with the Deaf community. Through participation in the ASL community, students will improve their understanding of the Deaf community through immersion in a Deaf-and-ASL friendly environment with ASL-only common areas, events, and activities. Community events will include guest speakers from the Deaf Community, tutoring in ASL, community meals, ASL storytelling and poetry nights, performances presented in ASL, and field trips to events highlighting Deaf lifestyle and traditions. This community is a partnership between the Deaf Studies Program and Housing & Residence Life.
Note: Residents in the ASL Community must have completed ASL 1: DFST 104. Residents who have not completed ASL 1 but believe they have a sufficient level of ASL skill to live in this community must schedule a screening with the Deaf Studies Program by May 15, 2014
What are the eligibility requirements?
Residents in the ASL Community must have completed ASL 1: DFST 104. Residents who have not completed ASL 1 but believe they have a sufficient level of ASL skill to live in this community must schedule a screening with the Deaf Studies Program by May 15, 2014.
The community is open to incoming and returning students who have 89 or fewer credits at the end of the Fall 2013. There will be a mix of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
How do I apply?
Current residents must apply by 3 p.m. March 5, 2014 by visiting: http://www.towson.edu/housing/forms/rlcc.asp and must pay the $350 non-refundable housing deposit by 5 p.m. Thursday March 13, 2014. Instructions on how to pay the housing deposit will be sent to the student’s Towson email address (emailed to current eligible students living in University Housing only).
New students interested in the ASL Community must complete the online housing request process. This includes paying a $350 non-refundable housing deposit and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the housing contract. During the online process students will be able to identify interest in the ASL Community. Residents are selected for the community based on the completion of the eligibility requirements listed above.
For information on the online housing request process visit: