Towson University will provide reasonable accommodation(s) upon request to otherwise
qualified employees and students as required by law to ensure equal access to University
employment, educational opportunities, programs, services and activities in the most
integrated setting, to the extent such accommodation(s) do not impose an undue hardship
on the university, constitute a fundamental alteration to a program or compromise
academic integrity. In general, it is the responsibility of the employee or student
to make their disability status and need for accommodation known.
Once the need for accommodation becomes known, it is the responsibility of the university
and the individual with a disability to engage in a dialogue to identify possible
accommodations to assess their reasonableness and effectiveness. Determinations regarding
accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.
How to Request an Accommodation
Towson University provides reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals
with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities. Reasonable accommodations for employees are handled through TU’s Office of Human Resources. For more information, email adarequest AT_TOWSON or call 410-704-2162 during regular business hours.
Towson University provides applicants and candidates with disabilities accommodations
for the application and interview process. To request disability accommodation(s)
please submit the Applicant Disability Accommodation Request Form. For questions, please email the Office of Human Resources at adarequest AT_TOWSON or call 410-704-2162 during regular business hours.
In the context of higher education, a reasonable accommodation is a modification or
adjustment in the academic environment that enables a qualified student with a disability
equal access to the university's programs, courses, services and activities. Examples
of reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to: testing accommodations,
note-taking assistance, alternate formats for printed material, interpreting or transcription
services, reading and writing software, para-transit registration and internship accommodations.
Accessibility and Disability Services works with students with disabilities who wish to request an accommodation. A student
with a disability is encouraged to register with our office as soon as possible after
admission to the university to ensure timely provision of services.
For more information and for the Accessibility and Disability Services Application, please see the Accessibility and Disability Services or call (410) 704-2638.
Visitors who have questions regarding accessibility for a particular event or who
need to request an accommodation for a disability (sign language interpreter, wheelchair access, etc.) should fill out the Visitor Disability Accommodation Request Form. For questions, please contact Inclusion and Institutional Equity by email ada AT_TOWSON or by phone (410) 704-0203.
Towson University is committed to ensuring that Commencement is accessible to all
students and members of the public. A student with a disability who needs an accommodation
at the ceremony should contact Accessibility & Disability Services.
Guests with mobility needs who do not have a state-issued disability license plate
or hang tag should park in the designated lot based on whether or not they have a
Commencement Graduate permit. If you have a Commencement Graduate permit, you should
park as directed by staff in one of the Graduate parking lots (13, 14 or 19) at the
Towson Center. If you do not have a Commencement Graduate permit, you should park
in the Union garage. Para-transit services will be available from all Towson Center
lots to transport guests with mobility needs to the Towson Center. Guests who utilize
para-transit services from the Towson Center lots are welcome to have one other member
of their party ride the para-transit van with them.
Shuttle buses will also be available to transport guests, including those with mobility
needs, from the Union garage to the Towson Center.
After the ceremony, shuttles and para-transit service will be available to transport
passengers back to parking lots. For those with mobility needs who are returning to
Towson Center lots 13, 14 or 19, please look for posted signs outside of the Towson
Center where you were dropped off, or speak with a Parking & Transportation representative.
If you are returning to the Union garage, please look for the shuttle buses marked
for the “Union Garage.”
Service may be requested by speaking with a Parking & Transportation staff member
or by calling 410-704-RIDE (7433).
The university will take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with individuals
with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. The university will
provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford qualified
individuals with a disability, including applicants, participants, companions, and
members of the public, an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits
of, the services, programs and activities of the University.
Live Streaming Accessibility
Here are some resources on conducting a live and accessible virtual meeting or event
on platforms such as WebEx.
Live Event Captioning/Transcription
TU recommends requiring registration for your event and to include a field asking
if registrants have a need for a disability accommodation. We recommend that the registration
period be closed two business days in advance of your event to ensure adequate time
for making accommodations.
If registration is not feasible and you anticipate 15 attendees or more, arrange for
live captioning/transcription as part of your initial planning. If registration is not feasible and you expect
15 participants or less, you must advertise how to request an accommodation for the
event in a prominent place in all messaging and advertising about the event. We suggest
including information about when accommodation requests should be made by, such as
“captioning/transcription requests should be made two business days in advance.”
The cost for live captioning/transcription is $118 per hour. To arrange for captioning, please contact OTS Accessibility at otsaccessibility AT_TOWSON at least two business days in advance of your event.
How to Access Live Captions/Transcriptions
Our live captioning/transcription approach consists of a separate URL that users may view next to the main meeting
window for a real-time transcription feed, by an actual person and not AI. Every live
TU event with captioning will have its own unique URL. If you know you will be captioning/transcribing the event in advance and have already initiated captioning services through OTS Accessibility,
provide the URL with your initial invitation.
If your event invitation has already gone out, edit any applicable invitations to
include the caption/transcription URL. Additionally, you should paste the caption/transcription URL into the meeting chat box upon launch, and then do so again about 10 minutes
after you begin so that any late arrivals know how to access the live caption/transcription feed.
Recording Your Event for Future Viewing
If you plan to record your event and provide access on-demand via the web, your video
should be closed captioned/transcritpion. Some departments on campus are equipped
to provide captioning/transcription internally and have established captioning/transcription
processes; if you are not in one of these departments and need guidance on captioning/transcribing,
please contact OTS Accessibility at otsaccessibility AT_TOWSON.
Event Platform Accessibility
TU supports numerous virtual event/meeting platforms. Though there is not a one size
fits all solution when it comes to accessible technology, OTS Accessibility is available
for consultations to determine what platform may be best for your audience. For consultation,
please contact OTS Accessibility at otsaccessibility AT_TOWSON.
The university is committed to affording equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities
by providing physical access to its programs, activities and services.
If any individual has difficulty navigating the physical environment of the university,
please contact the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity by phone at 410-704-0203 or by email at ada AT_TOWSON.