Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our community remains the top priority in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. TU has implemented protocols in accordance with prevailing public health guidelines. We continue to engage in extensive planning efforts to allow for a full resuming of on-campus learning, living and working. The safety and health of our community remains at the forefront in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As the university begins to resume full on-campus operations, the following health and safety guidance should be followed across our campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information applies to all members of the TU community — faculty, staff and students, as well as contractors, vendors, visitors and guests — while on campus or in TU facilities.

These protocols are based on detailed recommendations and analysis from the COVID Response Leadership Team as well as health and safety monitoring and operational work-groups in place since the onset of the pandemic. This information will be updated and communicated to the TU community as CDC and Maryland health guidelines continue to evolve. 

Guiding Principles

  • a commitment to the health and safety of our community is paramount
  • a commitment to excellence and shared governance
  • a commitment to student success
  • a commitment to inclusion and equity
  • a commitment to fiscal responsibility

Maintaining Our Inclusive Community

TU remains committed to an educational, working and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. As we continue to navigate life during a global pandemic, TU seeks to foster mutual respect, support and inclusion. Every person’s care, compassion and empathy for each other makes a positive difference.

General Expectations and Guidelines

All TU community members are expected to fully comply with the guidelines and policies outlined in these Health and Safety Protocols. Non-compliance with COVID-19 campus health and safety guidelines could result in loss of access to TU’s campus or facilities as well as corrective and/or disciplinary action.

University System of Maryland (USM) Vaccine Mandate

The USM recently announced that all students, faculty, and staff at system institutions will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 term. Accordingly, TU has set the university’s deadline for full vaccination as August 9, 2021. By this date, all TU students and university personnel must have received all required doses (dependent on vaccine brand) and be outside of the two week waiting period after the final (or only) dose.

Proof of vaccination is also required and should be submitted through the university’s secure verification form process. Exemption request forms may be submitted for review in the event of qualifying medical or religious reasons.

To submit records or for other information on requirements, visit TU’s vaccination information page.

Physical Return to TU Campus and Facilities

As TU faculty, staff, and students return to campus, it is important to remember that physical distancing is strongly encouraged and masking/face covering is required inside all buildings. As part of a phased return to campus, employees (faculty, staff and student workers) will be authorized by their department to resume on-campus work on a limited/rotational basis. Beginning July 6, 2021, all TU staff are expected to resume working in person on a full-time basis. Faculty will follow with the start of new annual contracts and resumption of work in August.

Health and Safety Measures

All TU community members are expected to wear a mask or face covering if not fully vaccinated, and are strongly encouraged to physically distance as well as engage in public health recommended hygiene measures. Additionally, students, faculty and staff should not come to campus if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or if they’ve come into contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

Symptom Monitoring Requirement

The Tigers Care QuickScan continues to be an important screening tool for campus health and safety. All unvaccinated members of the campus community are required to complete this self-screening each day, whether on campus or not. 

The QuickScan helps monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Additionally, the daily self-screening helps confirm which unvaccinated staff, faculty and students are routinely on campus. This allows more accurate assessment of campus density and overall campus health risk.

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms

All members of the TU community must report any confirmed case of COVID-19 or exposure to someone with a confirmed case. This report will support a safe and healthy campus and alert the University Health Center of potential risks to the community. Report a diagnosis or exposure

Consequences of Noncompliance

See the requirements for individuals who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 and the consequences of noncompliance with health and safety requirements.

Failure to comply with guidelines places our community at risk. Every member of our community is empowered to expect and request compliance with guidelines set forth here and in other university communications through appropriate channels. Those who encounter noncompliance with guidelines, should notify the university through:

Repeated noncompliance with current COVID-19 guidelines may result in suspended facility or campus access for a period of time as well as corrective and/or disciplinary action dependent on the severity and frequency of the infraction. Human Resources and/or Student Affairs must be consulted regarding any proposed corrective and/or disciplinary action for employees or students, respectively.

Health and Safety Tools

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

TU recognizes COVID-19 has caused stress for our community, especially those with family and friends who are affected.

Testing

COVID-19 sentinel testing continues on campus in accordance with the recommendations of the TU Medical Advisory Committee and guidance from the University System of Maryland. Sentinel testing has proven highly successful since its inception in fall 2020 and therefore remains the preferred method of testing. Sentinel testing is required for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

Twice-Weekly Sentinel Rapid Testing

All unvaccinated (regardless of exemption) residential/commuter students, student athletes, faculty and staff members are required to complete COVID-19 rapid tests twice per week in accordance with their assigned testing groups. Tests are administered by University Health Center (UHC) staff. Twice-weekly testing remains in effect for these groups and will remain so pending updated guidance from the TU Medical Advisory Committee and university administration.

Anyone who wants to be tested who is not currently within one of the above sentinel testing groups can contact their healthcare provider directly or utilize a free testing site in Baltimore County and throughout Maryland. 

Contact Tracing and Case Response

TU continues to partner with the Baltimore County Health Department to conduct contact tracing for the campus community. Upon learning of a positive test result and/or COVID-19 exposure Baltimore County Health Department will conduct a formal contract tracing as per their protocols.

Positive cases are also received and reviewed by the TU COVID-19 Contact Response Team (CRT). The response team evaluates each case, makes any necessary recommendations regarding mitigation efforts, and facilitates appropriate action per health and safety protocols.

Concerns with Resuming In-Person Work/Activities

Underlying Health Conditions and Elevated Risk

The university is evaluating individual concerns based on medical conditions or otherwise qualifying disabilities which may affect one’s ability to fully resume in-person responsibilities. TU has taken significant precautions and established numerous protocols to protect our entire community as we return to campus and classrooms. However, if a medical condition or disability requires accommodation in addition to the comprehensive health and safety measures present on campus, the university’s process for requesting reasonable accommodations will be followed.

Health conditions posing elevated risk and comorbidities may be considered as factors in evaluation of an accommodation request.

Faculty and staff requesting specific accommodations will also be asked to provide verification from a healthcare provider where requests are due to:

  • underlying medical conditions, to include high risk for complications associated with COVID-19
  • qualifying disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

To initiate a request please use the accommodation request form provided by the Office of Human Resources. You may also contact if you have any questions.

Telework  

An interim telework policy is now in effect. Should you have questions regarding the request process or eligibility, please contact your supervisor and/or HR Partner to discuss your situation. Questions regarding policy compliance may be directly to .   

Personal Health/Safety Practices

Mask/Face Coverings

Towson University requires masks in indoor locations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all university buildings, effective Monday, August 16. 

Masks are required to be worn in every building, except when alone in private spaces like offices and in residence halls with only roommates, or while briefly eating or drinking. Masks must be worn in common areas, while walking between locations indoors and when seated in open work stations, such as cubicles. Masks will continue to be required while on TU-provided community transportation, in healthcare settings—including the University Health Center and West Village Testing Center—and in settings where pre-school and K-12 student groups are present. 
 
These requirements apply to all TU facilities, including those not on the core contiguous campus area, as well as to visitors of those spaces. 

Please refer to the TU Temporary COVID-19 Masking Protocols for additional information.

Physical Distancing

While no longer mandated, it is strongly encouraged that members of the campus community keep a distance of three feet or more between themselves and others whenever possible. Maintaining distance and limiting time together remain the best tools to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread. While many Tigers are fully vaccinated, some are not and the Delta variant has proven to be transmissible even to those who are vaccinated. It is therefore important to physically distance from others when possible to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.  

Guidance for Use of Campus Facilities

Cleaning

Common areas, lobbies, classrooms and conference rooms are cleaned daily by ABM based on CDC guidance. Several times daily, ABM provides additional cleaning of high touch points and high communal use areas (stairwell and room/building door handles, elevator buttons, etc.).

Cleaning supplies that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 are provided and made available as necessary.

Entry/Exit

Limited building access restrictions still exist in certain areas of campus. A TU OneCard is required for entry to some buildings, and affiliates may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person.

Public Transportation/TU Shuttles

Everyone who takes public transportation or uses TU transportation must wear a mask or face covering while on the bus/shuttle and avoid touching surfaces with their hands to the maximum extent possible. 

TU Shuttle vans are cleaned before and after each driver shift using CDC-approved cleaning products. Drivers also will clean high touch points several times per shift using Lysol® or Clorox® approved disinfectant wipes. Note: Door opening and closing is controlled by the operator in all vehicles.

Meals

Before and after eating, everyone should wash their hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. If dining on campus, individuals who are required should wear a mask or face covering until they are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Where possible, departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables in employee break rooms to support physical distancing practices between employees. Individuals should wipe all surfaces, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines, etc., before and after using them in common areas.