Returning to Campus Spring 2021

Here’s information on Towson University’s plans for campus health and safety, academics and housing for students, faculty and staff returning to campus in spring 2021.

Scan. Test. Report.

All TU students, faculty and staff who will be on campus this spring must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 14 days of the start of the spring 2021 semester on Jan. 25. 

The University Health Center will test all returning residential students from Jan. 6-20 and all returning non-residential students, faculty and staff­ from Jan. 11-25. Appointments are required. 

Learn about the three critical health requirements for all students, faculty and staff on campus this spring:

These requirements are in addition to already established health and safety protocols for proper mask wearing and physical distancing.

Required COVID-19 Training for All TU Faculty, Staff and Student Workers

As part of TU’s priorities for spring 2021, all faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and Procedures training by Monday, Feb. 15. The training covers important updates and guidelines, including Tigers Care QuickScan, testing requirements, proper masking and physical distancing and information about compliance. Information about the training was sent to the campus community via email. For more information, contact Jill RIce in the Office of Human Resources,

Academics

  • The first two weeks of classes of the spring term (Jan. 25 to Feb. 7) will be conducted via remote instruction, with exceptions made for laboratories, clinical experiences, internships and experiential courses. After those first two weeks, face-to-face and hybrid instruction will begin Feb. 8. No additional changes are planned for the academic calendar.
  • Approximately 85 percent of classes during the spring term will be offered remotely, while face-to-face and hybrid course delivery will be conducted at previously determined, reduced densities in accordance with federal, state and local health and safety guidance. Faculty will continue to have the ability to determine the modality of their courses, with synchronous elements to all remote instruction highly recommended.
  • No changes are planned for the spring break schedule, and no baseline test is initially planned for a return from spring break, though circumstances may change those plans.
  • Commencement for Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates is in planning stages.

Housing 

  • On-campus, university-owned residence halls will have a reduced density, and together will house about 2,300 students. No more than two students will share the same bathroom, and all students will have single bedrooms. Appointment-based move-in will be completed prior to the start of classes.
  • Quarantine and isolation space on campus will be doubled to 196 beds, with additional residence halls available if needed. More staffing to support and care for students in quarantine/isolation has been added to the Division of Student Affairs.