*Please note: DSS maintains a referral list for providers of diagnostic testing, content tutoring and long-term academic coaching.
In a higher education setting, accommodations are modifications or adjustments in the academic environment that enable a student with a disability to have equal access to the university’s programs, courses, services and activities. Providing accommodations should not compromise the essential elements of a course or program, nor weaken academic standards. Accommodations should provide an alternative way to accomplish the requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers and providing a level playing field.
In implementing accommodations, DSS works closely with the student, faculty and staff
through an interactive process. In reviewing an accommodation requested by the student
or recommended by an evaluator, DSS may need to consult with faculty and/or may find
that the accommodation is not appropriate given the requirements of a course or program.
This may include an accommodation that you previously received in high school or at
another college. DSS may propose an alternative accommodation that would be effective,
but which neither the student nor the evaluator has requested.
Please see the Towson University Procedure for Students Seeking a Disability-Related Accommodation (06-21.00).
If you are a veteran entering or returning to college, you may not realize that you could be eligible for accommodations through DSS. DSS and the Military & Veterans Center at Towson University collaborate to provide veterans with information about DSS and how we can assist you. It's possible that your ability to learn may have changed, even if you did not experience learning difficulties prior to your military service. Or, you may now have a physical or medical condition that impacts your ability to have equal access to the educational environment.
Registering with DSS is voluntary and strictly confidential. You can initiate the process by phoning 410-704-2638 or you can submit a DSS application.
Please be aware that you may request an accommodation for an internship. An internship accommodation may more closely resemble a job accommodation rather than an academic accommodation. Internship accommodations require advance planning and often involve a significant amount of interaction between the academic program, DSS and the student. If you will be participating in an internship experience, plan to discuss whether accommodations will be needed with your DSS specialist as early as possible.
A DSS study compared the difference in first semester GPAs between freshmen who used accommodations and freshmen who did not. The difference was significant. The average GPA of DSS students using accommodations was a 3.05 (B grade), as compared to a 2.50 (C+ grade) for DSS students not using accommodations.