Towson University’s plan to return to campus will prioritize the health and safety
of our community and ensure that TU can provide a high-quality learning experience for
The Return to TU task force has developed a public health and operations framework
for the safe reopening of campus and return to classes for the 2020–21 academic year.
As we move forward with implementation, we will continue to comply with local, state
and federal directives to guide our decision-making and actions.
Return to TU Planning Framework
The Return to TU Planning Framework (PDF) details the guiding principles that inform all decisions, the conditions that must
be met to advance through three phases of reopening, and finally, the 11 implementation
teams charged with planning and leading the reopening and return efforts. The framework
is in alignment with the University System of Maryland’s Return to Campus Advisory
Group. Read the USM guidance on fall 2020 term return issued May 29.
The following key decisions have been made for the fall 2020 term:
TU will offer both remote and in-person teaching and learning in fall 2020 with a
modified academic calendar.
All classes will begin one week earlier, onMonday, Aug. 24, and will shift to fully remote learning after Thanksgiving break, onMonday, Nov. 30. All students will vacate the residence halls over Thanksgiving break. Housing &
Residence Life will work with students requiring an exception due to hardship.
All fall 2020 classes and all finals will be completed remotely after Thanksgiving
TU will use a highly flexible instruction model that supports both in-person and remote
learning and teaching to ensure a lower-density classroom environment. Some courses
will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning experiences; others will be online-only.
This model ensures TU faculty have flexibility to provide the highest-quality instruction
options to students who are seeking an on-campus experience while offering a safe
environment for members of the campus community who choose to learn and teach remotely.
All study abroad programs for the fall 2020 term are suspended.
Self-monitoring by community members for COVID-19 symptoms and use of testing, contact
tracing and self-isolation will be performed where applicable in compliance with USM,
local and state directives.
Frequent and thorough cleaning of campus facilities, including common and high-touch
areas, will occur prior to campus reopening and throughout the term. HVAC improvements
will be completed and sanitizer stations will be installed throughout campus.
To ensure a lower-density workplace environment and accommodate those who cannot or
choose not to come to campus, teleworking will continue and remote teaching and workplace
scheduling will be implemented.
Classrooms, workspaces, restrooms, conference rooms and ingresses/egresses will be
modified to support appropriate physical distancing.
TU will be a “Mask-On” campus, ensuring that all faculty, staff, students and visitors
wear a facial covering indoors and when physical distancing might have limitations.
TU will obtain and distribute necessary PPE, testing kits and other materials. Additional
PPE will be on hand, as necessary for members of the community.
Plexiglass barriers will be installed at high-traffic service counters where applicable,
and signage will be added to encourage physical distancing.
Housing & Residence Life and Dining Services
Housing & Residence Life and Dining Services will adjust to lower-density models following
public health guidance for university residence halls and dining facilities.
Glen Tower C will be made available as a single-use residence hall for students who
may need to self-isolate.
The university will forego all outside/third-party events, except multi-year contract
commitments, held anywhere on campus during the fall term.
All non-grant funded travel will be limited to the state of Maryland and the District
Ultimately, the framework’s effectiveness and success relies on adherence to public
health directives and the cooperation and vigilance of every member of the TU community.
Return to TU Guidance and Protocols
The Return to TU Guidance and Protocols outlines guidance on health and safety protocols and changes in effect across 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.
Send Us Your Feedback
We value input from our campus community. Please fill out our feedback form to share suggestions with the Return to TU task force or report concerns about health
and safety on campus.
Return to TU Task Force
The Return to TU task force has been charged with developing an effective public health
and operations plan for Towson University that charts a path to the safe reopening
of campus to faculty, staff, students and visitors, and the safe return to classes
for the fall 2020 term and the new academic year. The work of the task force is guided by two priorities:
ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff
providing a high-quality learning experience for TU students
The plan aligns with all local, state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19 as
well as USM directives and guidance.
Task Force Committees
About the Committees
The task force includes two committees that report directly to President Schatzel:
the Academic and Student Readiness Committee and the Campus Readiness Committee.
The Academic and Student Readiness Committee is chaired by Provost and Executive Vice President Melanie Perreault and Vice President for Student
Affairs Vernon Hurte.
The Campus Readiness Committee is chaired by General Counsel and Vice President for
Legal Affairs Sara Slaff and Associate Vice President for Human Resources Steve Jones. Their work began in April and will continue throughout the summer and into the fall
Academic Readiness Committee
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy — University Marketing and
Professor, Biological Sciences —Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
Professor, English —Academic Senate/College of Liberal Arts
Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance —Administration and Finance
Assistant Director, Business & Administrative Services —Student Affairs/Housing and Residence Life
Vice President of Inclusion and Institutional Equity —Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management —Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost
HR Partner —Human Resources
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police —Office of Public Safety
Vice President of Division of Innovation and Applied Research —Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research
Director of Athletics —Athletics
Sr. Solutions Architect —Office of Technology Services
M.D. Staff Physician —University Health Center
Director, Operations and Maintenance —Facilities
Associate General Counsel —Office of General Counsel
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students —Student Affairs
Student Government Association
Campus Readiness Committee
Professional Development Partner —Staff Senate/College of Business and Economics
Assistant Vice President —Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity
Associate Vice President — Administration and Finance
Mary Anne Czyz
Director, Finance and Administration —Office of Technology Services
Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice/Director, Community Engagement
and Partnerships —Academic Affairs/College of Liberal Arts
Director —University Health Center
Chief Compliance and Risk Officer —Office of General Counsel
HR Partner —Human Resources
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police —Chief of Police
Director of Financial Services —Administration and Finance
Assistant Vice President — Student Affairs/Campus Life
Executive Director of Government and Community Relations —Government Affairs