In the event that weather or other emergency conditions warrant the early closing, all-day closing or delayed opening of Towson University, an announcement will be made through the following communication channels:
- Campus-wide email
- TU Emergency Text Message Alert (register here)
- University Facebook page
- University Twitter feed
- Local radio and television stations
- Towson University homepage
Such schedule adjustments will also be available on the Towson University Information Line: 410-704-2000. Please DO NOT call the University Police Department with university closing-related questions. The university will not post an announcement that the university is open. No announcement means “business as usual.”
Main Campus Closure
When the main campus is closed, all events (including those sponsored by off-campus organizations) are canceled. Communications and Media Relations will not make announcements about individual department or program activities.
Towson University announcements of delayed opening or closure apply to the main campus, as well as Towson City Center, 7400 York Road and Terracedale.
Cook Library closes when the campus is closed. When there is a late opening or early closing for the entire campus, Cook Library opens late or closes early using the same schedule as TU.
When severe weather conditions occur on a day when classes are not scheduled, but students are on campus (e.g., Sundays), every attempt will be made to open the library for its regular library hours. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with information about the schedule posted on the library's website, Twitter account and Facebook page.
When the campus has a delayed opening, Burdick Hall gym will open one hour after school opens.
During inclement weather Dining Services focuses on opening the dining halls first, then retail locations. Projected opening times are below. These are subject to change based on the severity of the storm.
If TU is closed:
- Glen dining: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Einstein Bros. Bagels: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- PAWS: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
- West Village dining hall: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
- West Village Outtakes and Glen Micromart: Noon–8 p.m.
- Panda Express (West Village): 4:30-11 p.m.
- All other locations closed
- Tapingo offline
For a 10 a.m. opening:
- West Village and Glen dining halls: soft opening at 9 a.m. with limited service, full service ASAP
- Paws: soft opening at 9 a.m., full service ASAP
- All other locations: 10 a.m.
- Tapingo online at 10 a.m.
For a noon opening:
- West Village and Glen dining halls: soft opening at 9 a.m., full service ASAP
- Einstein Bros. Bagel: 10 a.m.
- All other locations: 11 a.m. soft opening with full service by noon
- Tapingo online at noon
Vehicles may not be parked in closed-off areas.
- You must move off of garage roofs
- If space is available in a covered resident area, park in those areas first
- If no space is available in covered resident areas, you may park in overflow and commuter spaces during the inclement weather. Residents will not be ticketed in these other areas during a period of inclement weather. Do NOT park in faculty/staff or visitor spaces.
- Vehicles must be returned to their regularly assigned areas within 24 hours of the official re-opening of campus.
- No shuttles, including ParaTransit and SafeRide, will operate when the campus is closed.
- Riders should expect delays in service and plan accordingly.
- Notices will be posted on the TU Tiger Ride web site and TU Tiger Ride mobile app.
- If the campus opens late, shuttles will begin running 1 hour prior to the planned delayed opening time, as long as it is safe to operate.
- If the campus closes early, shuttles will run for 1 hour after the official closure time, as long as it is safe to continue operating.
For inclement weather days when shuttles are running, the following stops will be re-located as indicated:
The Kenilworth Route
- Stop #20 Kenilworth At Charles Apts. - Pick up and drop off will be on Kenilworth Ave. at the east end of Donnington Circle
- Stop #48 Kenilworth at the Colony - In the event that the parking lot at the Colony is inaccessible, pick up and drop off will be on Kenilworth Ave. curbside
The Goucher Route
- Stops #63, 24, 25 Fairways Apts. - Pickups and drop offs will be on Goucher Blvd at Colbury Road
- Stop #37 Towson Crossings Apts - Pickups and drop offs will be on Deanwood Road at the west end of Dowling Circle
The Rodgers Forge Route
- Stop #55 Walker Apts. - Pickups and drop offs will be on Northwood Drive at Woodson Road
Off-campus programs and courses — TU in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), for example — adhere to the announcement of the off-campus facility.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Closing
Q. Who decides to close the campus or to cancel or delay classes?
A. Between 5 and 5:30 a.m., our vice president for Administration and Finance consults with the associate vice president for Public Safety and chief of police, as well as the associate vice president of Facilities Management. At that time, they discuss the forecast, the condition of the campus and the known road conditions from Baltimore County and surrounding police jurisdictions. They deliberate with the information they have available and then make a decision, generally before 6 a.m., about campus closing, opening late, or remaining open without delay. If the decision is to close or delay, Communications and Media Relations then posts the news on the TU homepage, notifies the media, and records announcements on TU’s 410-704-2000 and 410-704-NEWS phone lines. The TU Police Department will send a campus-wide email announcement and text message alerts to those who have signed up to receive them.
Q: If classes are not canceled, but I feel it’s unsafe for me to travel, will my instructors
excuse my absence?
A: The university has no official policy on attendance if classes are not canceled. The decision whether to travel is always yours. Many instructors will be flexible. It’s best to ask your instructor for his/her approach so you’re aware of it before a storm hits.
Q. Does TU ever issue announcements that the campus is open?
A. No. Announcements are issued only when normal operations must be disrupted or suspended. If you don’t hear an announcement, it’s safe to assume the campus is open.
Q. What if an emergency occurs during the day?
A. The same notification process is executed as with overnight emergencies.
Q. Will scheduled events take place if TU is closed?
A. NCAA athletic events may proceed as scheduled, provided the university can ensure a safe environment for players and spectators. (Announcements regarding NCAA events are distributed through the same channels as other TU closing advisories.) All other events, regardless of sponsor, are canceled.
Q. Will TU issue announcements about individual department or program activities?
A. No. Departments should set up their own systems of communication, either through recorded announcements or telephone calls.
Q. Is there a telephone number I can call for the latest information?
A. Call 410-704-2000 or 410-704-NEWS for recorded updates. Please DO NOT call the University Police.
Q. Which radio and TV stations will air emergency closing-related news?
A. In the Baltimore area: WTMD (89.7 FM), WYPR (88.1 FM), WHFS (97.5 FM), WWMX (106.5 FM), WLIF (101.9 FM), WJFK (1300 AM), WBAL Radio 11 (1090 AM), WJZ (105.7 FM), WQRS 102.7, WBAL-TV (11), WJZ-TV (13) and WMAR-TV (2). In the Washington, D.C., area: WTOP (820 AM/103.5 FM), WRC-TV (4),WTTG-TV (5) WUSA-TV (9), WJLA-TV (7) and Newschannel 8.
Q. What about text alerts?
A. You are encouraged to register to receive text messages. This is the safest way to ensure that you receive critical TU notifications on safety issues, school closings and weather alerts. Get more information about Towson University’s emergency notification system.
Q. What if I work or take classes at an off-campus facility that is affiliated with
A. Off-campus programs and courses (at TU in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), for example) adhere to the announcements of the off-campus facility. TU’s announcements apply only to the main campus, including Towson City Center, 7400 York Road and Terracedale.
Q. What is the difference between liberal leave and administrative leave for employees?
A. Liberal leave is authorization for staff to use earned leave for lateness or absence because of an emergency. Note: If you have been identified as a sustainable operations employee, you should talk to your supervisor about whether you should report to work during liberal leave scenarios. Administrative leave is granted to staff only when TU is closed. Only emergency essential personnel should report to work when administrative leave is in effect.
Q. Should some employees report to work when TU is closed?
A. Emergency essential personnel should report to work. Talk to your supervisor to see if this policy affects you.
Information for Faculty and Staff
In the event of campus closure, non-essential personnel should not report to work without the approval of their vice president. Supervisors/managers of employees who still report to work have the authority to tell the employee to go home.
Regardless of campus closure, emergency essential personnel are required to report for work. Emergency essential personnel are vital to the operation of the facility, whose absence from duty could endanger the safety and well-being of the campus population and/or physical plant.
Employees identified as sustainable operations personnel must also report to work as directed by their supervisors/managers. Sustainable operations personnel are designated as vital to the operations of their division/department. The functions and level of operations to be sustained are determined by department heads.
An announcement of liberal leave means staff may use their earned leave for lateness or absence because of an emergency.
For information about leave, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 410-704-2162.