Resources for Residents

Phase Two Return to TU Information

Housing & Residence Life shared the following information with students via email about plans for the safe reopening and return to on-campus living for the fall semester.

Occupancy  

We will be decreasing residential occupancy for phase 2 of the University’s Return to TU plan by 30%. Housing for residential students will be reduced to no more than 2 students sharing a bathroom. This means some of our buildings will remain at normal occupancy and some of our buildings will need to have their occupancy modified 

  • Barton House, Douglass House, Carroll Hall, and Marshall Hall will all continue to house students at full occupancy.  
  • Towson Run occupancy will remain the same for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, however the four-bedroom apartments will no longer house eight students, they will now house only four students, with each student in a single bedroom.  
  • 10 West occupancy will remain the same for all apartments, except those housing three students, they will now only house two students. 
  • The Glen Complex will decrease from double rooms to single bedrooms.  
  • Residence Tower and Newell Hall will decrease to only two students per bathroom, with all students in a single bedroom 
  • Unfortunately, not all halls are conducive to two students to a bathroom, as a result Prettyman Hall, Scarborough Hall, and Richmond Hall will be closed for phase 2 of the University’s ReTUrn to TU plan.  
  • Housing & Residence Life is also exploring alternative housing options to increase our occupancy. 

Housing Rates 

The housing rates for Fall 2020 are available on our rate page Buildings that will not be adjusting occupancy will not have their rate changed; however, in buildings where occupancy adjustments were made leaving students in double-occupancy rooms as a single occupancy (to allow bathroom sharing with only one other person), students will now be billed at the premium housing rate. The premium housing rate was developed because of only 2 students sharing a bathroom as well as to account for the increased sanitation and protective measures we will be employing as part of our operation.  Towson Run four-bedroom apartment rates have been adjusted as these bedrooms will now be single occupancy. Please note that rates are subject to change pending approval from the University System of Maryland and will not exceed rates shared. 

Assistance with Housing Costs 

Towson University recognizes that the premium housing rates may pose a hardship for some students.  We encourage all students who receive financial aid to connect directly with the financial aid office to determine options for your aid package.

Additionally, students who were enrolled during Spring 2020 may also apply to the Student Emergency Fund.

Housing Policies in Response to COVID-19 

Residential policies are being developed in order to keep our community safe. At this time, residents will not be permitted to check guests into the building, and access to community space will be limited. All residents will be expected to wear a face covering when traveling through hallways, elevators, and community spaces as TU will be a “mask on” campus. 

Housing Closing at Thanksgiving 

All non-9 month communities will be closing for the fall term at Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 25 at 9 a.m.

Housing eligibility  

We have implemented a two-tier system to determine on-campus eligibility. The first tier will encompass: 

  • Students with a medical housing accommodation that requires them to live on campus 
  • Students who receive Foster Care of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Tuition Waivers, Guaranteed Access Grants​ or Teaching Fellows Scholarships
  • International Students 
  • Students that are selected as members of the SAGE Residential Learning Community 
  • Students whose permanent address is more than 25 miles from campus 

All student housing needs are not identified by these categories; therefore, our second tier will be reserved for students with special circumstances and incoming freshmen.  Students who do not fit the eligibility in Tier 1 (above) will be given the opportunity to submit an appeal of their housing cancellation.

Submit a Cancellation Appeal for On-Campus Housing

If you are still in need of on-campus housing and would like to appeal your administrative cancel please login to the student housing gateway and complete “On-campus Housing Appeal.” For best consideration, please submit your appeal form by 11:59pm, July 5th. Forms will be reviewed by a committee and priority will be determined by assessing:  

  • The need for safe and secure housing 
  • Those whom on campus housing is necessary to fulfill their academic requirements 
  • Freshmen status 

Offers for housing will be sent on a rolling basis via email through move-in as space becomes available. 

Partnerships with off campus communities 

We are working with surrounding off campus partners to be able to provide bed spaces to our students that have signed contracts with the university to increase our capacity. We have reserved 125 beds spaces in collaboration with Capstone on Campus Management in Paca/Tubman, we will transfer some of our students directly to these buildings to provide their on-campus experience.  

Canceling Your Contract 

We recognize that for some students, there are still many unknowns regarding the upcoming semester that would inform your decision to cancel your housing.  We will provide a full deposit refund to any student who paid a deposit but does not end up living on campus with us this year.

It is our hope to minimize the number of contracts that we need to cancel in order to keep our community safe, therefore we are encouraging any student who is able to commute to campus this year to do so, with full knowledge that your future on campus housing eligibility will not be compromised. If you are a returning student that used a financial aid deferral for your deposit, your account will not be charged for the deposit if you cancel.  

To cancel your housing contract please go to the student housing gateway and click on “Cancel Housing Contract for 2020-2021."   

If you are interested in exploring off campus housing options please check the off campus living portal   

Next Steps 

Housing & Residence Life will be providing regular updates to students regarding our progress towards the Return to TU planning. 

Continuing Students

You will receive an email during the first week of July explaining the new room selection process.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers

You will receive your housing assignment via email on Friday, July 31. We will make every attempt to keep roommate pairs together either in the same room or sharing a bathroom.

Should we be in the position to expand housing options in the spring, we will communicate as soon as we are able regarding that process. Housing & Residence Life will continue to adjust our housing operation in accordance with expert medical guidance. 

As stated previously, Housing & Residence Life will be providing regular updates to students regarding our progress towards the Return to TU planning.  We are continuing to champion the #TUtogether mindset as we move forward.  

 

FAQ about phase two return to tu housing

Who is eligible to remain in on campus housing? 

All students that have confirmed housing for 2020/2021 have been notified via their TU email address.

We have implemented a two-tier system to determine on-campus eligibility. The first tier encompassed: 

  • Students with a medical housing accommodation that requires them to live on campus 

  • Students that have a financial need based on financial aid grant status – if students receive a guaranteed access grant, teaching fellows grant, homeless waiver or foster care waiver 
  • International Students 
  • Students that are selected as members of the SAGE Residential Learning Community 
  • Students whose permanent address is more than 25 miles from campus 

All student housing needs are not identified by these categories; therefore, our second tier will be reserved for students with special circumstances and incoming freshmen.  Students who do not fit the eligibility in Tier 1 (above) will be given the opportunity to submit an appeal of their housing cancellation.

My housing contract was canceled by Housing & Residence Life, can I appeal the decision?
If you are still in need of on-campus housing and would like to appeal your administrative cancel please login to the student housing gateway and complete “On-campus Housing Appeal.” For best consideration, please submit your appeal form by 11:59pm, July 5th. We will only accept appeals by this form, not via email. Forms will be reviewed by a committee and priority will be determined by assessing:  
  • The need for safe and secure housing 
  • Those whom on campus housing is necessary to fulfill their academic requirements 
  • Freshmen status 
Offers for housing will be sent on a rolling basis via email through move-in as space becomes available. 
If I selected a space during room selection in a building that occupancy is not changing in does that mean that my housing assignment is confirmed?
All students have been notified of their housing status. Continuing students will be sent information about participating in a new room selection process during the first full week of July.
I am a continuing student that was notified I am still eligible to live on campus. Do I have to participate in the room selection process, even though I already participated in one in April?
Continuing students will be sent information about participating in a new room selection process during the first full week of July. In that email we will inform students of their needs to select a new space.
Will deposits be refunded for students that cancel their housing or have their housing canceled due to space limitations? 
Yes, we will provide any student with a housing deposit refund that does not live with us next year. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your refund to be completed, refunds will not be sent to credit cards. If you are canceling both your housing and enrollment contracts, a paper check will be issued and mailed to your permanent address for all refunds. Students that are canceling their housing contract ONLY, please click this link to set up your bank mible account for a direct deposit refund.
Does canceling my contract effect my ability to live on campus in the future?
No, canceling your contract for the 2020-2021 academic year will not affect your ability to live on campus in the future.
Does canceling my contract for fall 2020 guarantee me housing in the spring 2021?
The housing contract is a full academic year commitment, canceling your contract does not guarantee you housing for spring 2021. However, should we be in the position to expand housing options for the spring we will communicate that to all students who have canceled for the 2020-2021 academic year.
What will the building compositions be since capacity is decreasing? 
For phase two of the ReTUrn to TU plan housing for residential students will be reduced to no more than 2 students sharing a bathroom. This will mean some of our buildings will remain at normal occupancy and some of our buildings will need to have their occupancy modified. Barton House, Douglass House, Carroll Hall, and Marshall Hall will all continue to house students at full occupancy. Towson Run occupancy will remain the same for one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, however the four-bedroom apartments will no longer house eight students, they will now house only four students, with each student in a single bedroom. 10 West occupancy will remain the same in every apartment type, except the three person apartments will decrease to two person apartments. The Glen Complex will decrease from double rooms to single bedrooms. Residence Tower and Newell Hall will decrease to only two students per bathroom, with all students in a single. Unfortunately, not all of our halls are conducive to two students to a bathroom, as a result Prettyman Hall, Scarborough Hall, and Richmond Hall will be closed for phase 2 of the ReTUrn to TU plan. 
 Why did the housing costs change after decreasing density was announced? 
The housing rates changed when density was decreased because what each resident was receiving was different then what is typically provided. Each student will only share a bathroom with 1 other person, many of our students will be in single bedrooms that are designed as doubles as well as to account for the increased sanitation and protective measures we will be employing as part of our operation. For our spaces that living environments will not be changing from what was originally expected, the pricing has not changed. 
How will students be assigned rooms after contract releases for space limitations? 
The continuing students remaining in university housing will participate in another room selection process. Incoming new and transfer students will be randomly assigned based on space availability.  
When will housing assignments be released for incoming freshmen and transfers?
 Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. 
Will I still be able to live with my requested roommate?
As long as both roommates are still eligible to live on campus we will make every attempt to keep roommate pairs together either in the same room or sharing a bathroom.
I'm confused about pricing; how much can I expect to pay for housing?
Pricing for housing is determined by your housing assignment. Your housing costs will be based on the room you select during room selection or the space you are assigned to by Housing & Residence Life. Information about your housing cost will be available on your bursar bill. You can view our housing rates for 2020/2021 here.
I willingly canceled my housing and would now like to be considered for housing. Can I revoke my cancellation?
You cannot revoke your cancellation, however you can submit an appeal to remain on campus. If you are still in need of on-campus housing and would like to appeal your administrative cancel please login to the student housing gateway and complete “On-campus Housing Appeal.” For best consideration, please submit your appeal form by 11:59pm, July 5th. We will only accept appeals by this form, not via email. Forms will be reviewed by a committee and priority will be determined by assessing:  
  • The need for safe and secure housing 
  • Those whom on campus housing is necessary to fulfill their academic requirements 
  • Freshmen status 
Offers for housing will be sent on a rolling basis via email through move-in as space becomes available. 
Will we be required to wear masks in the residence halls? 
Masks will be required everywhere in the residence hall, except the private room of the student. A mask will be required to walk through the hallways, on an elevator, laundry room or in a lounge space. 
Are residents allowed to have guests in the building? 
No, residents will not be allowed to sign guests into the building. 

Moving in and Packing

Resident Resources

Mildew Prevention

As a resident, you can be instrumental in helping to prevent mildew growth in your room during the hot and humid months of the year.

  • Keep your HVAC unit running at all times to create air circulation in the space.
  • Keep all personal items clear from the top, sides, and front of the HVAC unit.
  • Adjust the temperature to your comfort level and keep it running.
  • If you experience condensation on your unit, wipe it off, raise the temperature setting to a higher level to reduce condensate buildup.
  • If you have any concerns about potential mold or mildew growth, submit a maintenance request right away.

ABM GreenCare Program

ABM GreenCare Program

 

Contact

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