Information for Students

 

Summer Session 2020

Towson University has made the decision to move all summer courses and sessions into a remote learning format, with some exceptions. With approval from the Office of the Provost, research activities, clinical activities, and internships may resume for the second summer session, provided proper social distancing and adherence to federal and state health and safety guidelines can be demonstrated. Read more about Summer Session.


Fall 2020 Campus Reopening

TU looks forward to a return to normal operations and welcoming all new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus this fall, provided that federal and state guidance lifts current social distancing restrictions related to COVID-19. TU has appointed a task force that will prepare campus for reopening. 

Distance Learning and Academic Resources

Towson University has moved to distance learning on all campuses (including TUNE, Shady Grove, College of Southern Maryland, and Hagerstown).  

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

These technology resources will help ensure you're prepared for distance learning. 

Your professors will use multiple strategies for distance learning, but Blackboard and email will be the most commonly used. We will be as flexible as possible while maintaining academic standards and continuing to meet class objectives. We recommend you download the Blackboard app to your mobile device. 

This map (PDF) shows outdoor wifi locations on Towson University’s main campus for students who lack reliable internet service. Some data plans allow your iPhone or Android phone to become a mobile hotspot. Apple provides information on this feature; however, watch your data use when using this method.  

Internship & Clinical Experiences

We are working to ensure that students can continue with internships where possible—sometimes through teleworking. The College of Health Professions will be discontinuing clinical education and we are working on replacement and simulation education opportunities for students. We will be flexible in interpreting internship and clinical hours to the best of our ability.

Cook Library

Cook Library is closed but many services and online resources are still available.

Tutoring & Learning Center

Services and programs are now available online through the Tutoring and Learning Center. Contact the center during normal business hours by email, .

Public Communication Center

The Public Communication Center offers virtual mentoring sessions on presentation skills for digital environments and many public speaking topics. Email  with questions.

Accessibility and Disability Services

Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) has proactively reached out to faculty to let them know about student accommodations. If you need additional or different accommodations for a distance learning format, please let ADS know and they will work with you and the faculty to make these changes. 

Pass Grading Option

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on TU’s academic calendar and our ability to hold in-person classes, we are broadening the ability of students to select the pass grading option and temporarily adjusting relevant policies to allow for more flexibility for students. Undergraduate students may elect to switch some or all of their courses to the Pass Grading Option, making an informed decision based on GPA or progression requirements associated with their majors. Students may request a change to this option through the last day of classes, May 12. Find out more about the Pass Grading Option policy for undergraduate students for spring 2020.

The deadline to withdraw from classes for spring 2020 has been extended to May 12. 

 

Diplomas for Students Graduating in Spring 2020

A final review of the spring applicants’ academic records will be conducted during the second week of June once all grades have been posted. Results of this review will be sent to the students’ email address. Diplomas will be mailed to students’ permanent home address in late July. Students will receive an email once their diploma has been shipped. The diploma will include name, degree, major and honors for qualifying students.   

Spring 2020 Term Refunds

Consistent with the uniform guidance issued to all University System of Maryland institutions, Towson University is issuing fair adjustments to housing, dining, and parking charges, as well as the athletics fee and the auxiliary services fee. Detailed information on refund calculations and distribution is available on the Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions page.  

Dining

For information on dining services, visit the dining website.   

Student Life Services and Resources

GREEK LIFE

Chapter president, Fraternity and Sorority council, and adviser meetings are all being held via WebEx.

Leadership development programs, including the Greek Emerging Leaders Program, Executive Leadership Series, Social Justice Workshop Series, and other education opportunities will be made available via WebEx.

Staff will provide resources for virtual election procedures and transitioning resources.

NEW STUDENT AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Orientation Leader training will be held via a Blackboard course. @NewatTU (on Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok) will be active with information for incoming students and their families. Posting information about registering for summer orientation, what to expect from the program, video tutorials of the to-do-list, and introductions of the OLs to the incoming class.

Students seeking employment can apply for the First-Year Experience (FYE) Leader position. This position is posted on Handshake with a deadline of April 1. Relevant information will be posted to Campus ESP, the parent and family portal (both COVID-19 related and other important university announcements).

Transfer Mentor Program participants will receive an e-newsletter. This newsletter will also contain a video about networking and career services.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Student Activities continues to provide support to student organizations, including providing training for student organizations for online officer elections through Involved@TU. Student Activities is also developing electronic officer transition plans for student organization officers.

CAREER CENTER

The Career Center and Handshake remain available to students virtually during this time of online instruction.

In lieu of in-person Express Hours, students can have their resumes and cover letters reviewed by submitting Word documents (.doc, .docx) to .

All appointment types — including job/internship search, mock interviews, career counseling, LinkedIn/networking, graduate school application process, etc. are available virtually. Students can schedule a virtual appointment via Handshake.

Online platforms for a variety of career-related needs continue to be available, including:

  • interview education and practice interviews on Big Interview
  • resume how-tos, including sample resumes
  • online career self-assessments, such as Traitify

Employers are continuing to post job and internship positions via Handshake; students should plan to login regularly to stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities.

HEALTH CENTER

The TU Health Center is closed and is no longer scheduling appointments. If you experience a medical emergency call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

The Health Center’s email, , is monitored daily. Send us an email to request medication refills, medical records, or if you have immunization compliance questions.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or were in contact with a confirmed case and you have concerns related to this diagnosis, you may email your questions to .

To contact the University Health Services on-call provider, please call 410-704-6292 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

CAMPUS RECREATION SERVICES

Although the fitness facility is closed, Campus Recreation continues to support the campus community by providing resources related to health, fitness and nutrition. Follow Campus Recreation on social media for more information on:  

  • local hiking spots  how to get there, trails to follow, sights to see
  • workout of the week
  • yoga and meditation practices
  • other healthy habits/tips such as healthy snacking
  • trusted fitness articles and workout apps
  • other outdoor activities that promote physical activity, mental health and social distancing such as tennis, meditative walks, gardening, etc.

COUNSELING CENTER

The Counseling Center is still here for you. Although you can’t visit our office in person, we’re available during business hours by email , or phone, 410-704-2512. Leave a message and include your name, email address, phone number and TU ID. We will respond as quickly as possible.

We continue to offer consultation, referral assistance, workshops and online resources. We’ve also provided resources on managing coronavirus anxiety. Teletherapy services can also be an option. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Well help you identify and access the resources that best meet your needs.

HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Housing and Residence Life staff are available for consult via chat on the HRL website.

RLC staff in the residence halls remain present to assist residents, as needed. HRL hiring processes for Community Center staff is continuing, and we are adjusting processes to go virtual, as needed.

Room selection for fall 2020 will continue as planned via the Student Housing Gateway. Instructions on the room selection process will be sent through TU e-mail by the end of the week. Students with questions about this process are encouraged to reach out to . HRL’s main office in Marshall Hall is serving as an auxiliary location for the university’s foodshare program.

Care Team and STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Students who are experiencing distressful situations or challenges such as family emergencies, academic concerns, and/or food insecurity can reach out to the following points of contact for outreach, referral and support:

Student Emergency Grant Fund

TU full-time students who are experiencing a financial crisis during COVID-19 may be found eligible to receive assistance. Learn more about the Student Emergency Grant Fund.

MILITARY AND VETERANS CENTER

The Military & Veterans Center will continue to work remotely to provide support for educational benefits claims. You can reach our Program Management Specialist, Dena Allen-Few at , 410-704-3094, or the Director, Dario DiBattista at , 410-704-2991.

STUDENT CONDUCT AND CIVILITY EDUCATION

The Office of Student Conduct and Civility meetings and hearings will be taking place via phone or WebEx. You can leave a message for the Director, Alison Peer, via phone at 410-704-2057 or via e-mail at  or .

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility can be reached by email at . All staff will be working remotely and checking e-mail/voicemail. If you are working with an individual staff member, please feel free to contact them directly via e-mail or phone. 

STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS

Those wishing to contact Student Success Programs for student support or matters for SAGE or CROP can do so by calling 410-704-3830 or by e-mailing the director, Raft Woodus, at .

TOWSON UNIVERSITY IN NORTHEASTERN MARYLAND (TUNE)

Students in need of assistance for TUNE activities and student clubs, Accessibility & Disability Services, Career Center, Counseling Center, Student Conduct & Civility Education, or Student Activities, please contact the Director of Student Services, Allison Frey,  or 410-704-3285.

Student Employees

Student employees, including graduate assistants, may work as scheduled. If you have questions, contact your supervisor. See frequently asked questions about student employment and work study.