An important update to campus

September 5, 2021

The following message was shared with the TU community on behalf of President Schatzel, Vice President Hurte and Chief Herring.

Dear Towson University students, faculty, staff and community —

On Sunday morning, senior TU administrators met to set forth the priority next steps following Saturday morning's on-campus shooting during an unsanctioned event at Freedom Square.

As they have throughout, our Office of Public Safety officers and staff have been working diligently to support the Baltimore County Police Department, which is leading the investigation into the shooting during this isolated incident. As we shared Saturday evening, we remain resolute that the safety of our community and campus is our top priority. 

Following conversations with senior leadership, TU’s Office of Public Safety will immediately increase their monitoring and active engagement with attendees of any unsanctioned events on all parts of the campus and at any time throughout the day or night.  The Office of Public Safety will continue to work with the Division of Student Affairs to engage with our community during all university-sanctioned events. 

Additionally, our Office of Public Safety has already enhanced foot patrols of campus to help ensure the safety of our students and community. As announced yesterday afternoon, all areas of the campus are now accessible to our community.

We applaud our faculty, staff and students for their response in light of Saturday's shooting. Our campus is one that is inclusive, and welcoming of interaction with our community and partners.

But our campus is also one of the safest in the nation, and we are committed to do all we can to make our students, faculty and staff feel safe whenever on campus. Trespassing is not welcome on our campus and violence has no place on it either.  

As they have throughout the weekend, staff through the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling Center and Residence Life continue to be available, providing support for our students and community. Counseling and support services are available through the TU Counseling Center at 410-704-2512.  

Thank you for supporting one another during this most difficult time. 


Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.

Vernon Hurte, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs

Charles “Joe” Herring
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Find prior campus updates through the Presidential Communications page