HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

American Sign Language



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:
What staffing is there for the community?
  • The community will have a Resident Assistant and an ASL Community Student Liaison.  Additionally, there will be support from the Deaf Studies Program and Housing & Residence Life.
How do I make a special accommodations request?
  • Through the online housing request process there will be an opportunity to complete a special accommodation request.
Will there be Gender-Neutral Housing in the ASL Community? 
  • At this time there will not be a Gender-Neutral Housing option in the ASL Community. 
How much would Parking cost? 
  • For information on parking visit: http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/auxservices/parking/
Would you be required to have a meal plan? 
  • All on-campus residents are required to have a meal plan.  In Barton House, you will need to select a meal plan with a minimum of 10 meals a week.  For more information about Dining visit:
How many roommates would we have?
  • All rooms in Barton House are double occupancy with a private bathroom.
How much will it cost to live there?
  • The current Housing rate for Barton House for 2013-2014 is $3,606(per semester).  Rates are likely to increase for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Additional Housing and Residence Life FAQs can be found in the link below: For Additional Questions please contact Bryan Schlein at bschlein@towson.edu



Department of Housing & Residence Life
West Village Commons, 3rd Floor(map)
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2516
Fax: 410-704-4228
E-mail: housing@towson.edu


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Freshman/Transfers
Saturday, August 23
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G - M
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