Keep up to date on Towson University's current outreach efforts. We are working with the Baltimore County Police; the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA) and Towson Chamber on the Towson Clean Up Day; and with the Community Ambassador Program. Please check back often to see our latest efforts.
Baltimore County–TU Police Collaborations
Grant for Baltimore County Police Department for Community Patrols
Towson University provides police officer grant funding for community patrolling for every weekend from opening weekend on Saturday, August 27 through Halloween. 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 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.
The University Relations Committee is composed of neighborhood representatives, university administrators, local police and government representatives, as well as the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The committee meets monthly to promote good relationships between the University and its surrounding communities. Members share information and concerns and develop solutions to the problems facing the Towson community.
Local Address Policy
Towson University implemented a Local Address Policy in fall 2009. Students are required to provide their local address in addition to their permanent address. The policy is designed to assist the university in locating students in case of emergency and in contacting them when necessary and appropriate to conduct university business.
After a pilot run in Towson Manor Village during the 2009-2010 academic year, the Community Ambassador program expanded to two new communities, Donnybrook Apartments and Cardiff Hall Apartments during the 2011-2012 academic year. For fall 2011, a fourth ambassador was added to the Burkeligh Square community. The 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. Read past press coverage about our community ambassador program.
Community conferencing is a discussion using a professional facilitator to assist community members and students to discuss concerns and develop solutions for better living. The service is free to neighbors and students. Students and neighbors can contact their neighborhood representative or the university’s Office of Off-Campus Student Services for more information, 410-704-4632.
Off-Campus Living Fair
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.
Living Off-Campus Workshops
“What to Know When Moving Off-Campus” is a free workshop program for students considering living off-campus and is offered four times throughout the spring semester beginning spring 2011. Students learn about lease terms, community living expectations, University policy, local code guidelines, roommate selection, and meet representatives from the greater community as well. Students and neighbors can contact the university’s Office of Off-Campus Student Services for more information, 410-704-4632.
Towson University has long been recognized for educating educators. We offer a variety of resources, including centers, institutes, networks and a clinic, that provide opportunities for professional, personal and curricular development.