Community Responsibility Commitment

Towson University is concerned for the health and safety of its entire campus community. As an institution, we recognize that actions taken individually can potentially affect not only your own well-being, but the well-being of any and every person with whom you come into contact both on and off our campus.

To promote the health and safety of our entire community, we are requesting your commitment to abide by the best practices and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state, local and USM guidance to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

As information and understanding of the COVID-19 virus evolves, TU may modify guidance and will provide notice and updates accordingly. We also ask that you make every effort to keep yourself informed of any updated guidance, and to abide by it, as required. 

Given the importance of following current guidance and doing what we can to protect the health and safety of our campus community, we want our entire community to make a commitment based on the current information and guidance we have received. 

This includes:

  • Monitoring your health on a daily basis and taking reasonable precautions to minimize transmission of COVID-19. This will include taking your temperature every day to determine whether you have a fever as well as monitoring for other symptoms of possible illness or COVID-19 infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, and/or shortness of breath).
  • When requested, you will complete the TU QuickScan, daily self-assessment symptom monitoring tool, regardless of whether you are feeling sick or are well.
  • Your commitment to not reporting to work or class and immediately completing an information report available at if: 
  • You have been exposed and/or have reason to believe you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19;
  • You have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
  • You are exhibiting other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, chills, muscle pain, loss of sense of smell or taste, and/or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been advised by a healthcare professional not to report to work or class due to actual or possible COVID-19 infection or exposure.
  • Your understanding and agreement that TU may ask you to get tested for COVID-19 for public health monitoring, if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Your commitment that if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you will cooperate with TU and state/local health officials to self-quarantine and provide necessary information about the individuals with whom you had close contact during the 14-day period prior to experiencing symptoms.

Faculty/Staff: You understand if you are required to self-isolate or are sick and cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19, you may be eligible for COVID-related leave in addition to paid leave that you have already accrued.

Students: You understand if you are required to self-isolate or are sick and cannot attend class for reasons related to COVID-19, you will notify your class instructors so your absences will not count against your class attendance.

  • While on campus, you are required to:
  • Practice good personal hygiene (e.g., wash hands frequently with soap and water or, if soap is unavailable, with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol);
  • Routinely clean and sanitize your workspace/living space and shared equipment;
  • Wear a mask or face covering (consistent with TU guidelines);
  • Practice physical distancing at all times; and
  • Adhere to guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, as well as federal, state and local government authorities, to protect your health and the health of the TU community.

Thank you for your commitment to adhering to TU’s health-and–safety measures, and further understand that your access to campus facilities and programs may be conditioned on your adherence and compliance to them.