Off-Campus Housing Policies

We want you to have a positive experience at TU, which includes your off-campus residence. You have the power to educate yourself on Baltimore County policies in order to make a positive experience in your neighborhood as well as to avoid any costly fines or violations.

Some points to remember:

• You have the ability to portray a positive image for yourself and the university. 
• You are expected to act as a responsible, contributing member of your community.
• Some of your neighbors could be key people in the fields you wish to enter. Poor relations with them could hamper an otherwise positive connection with your future.

It is in the entire TU community’s best interest that we can tell you what some of the consequences of disruptive behavior in our surrounding neighborhoods could be:

• Property owners/landlords could face sanctions related to your behavior, and this could lead to the loss of housing for you.
• If you lose a positive reference from your landlord, a search for other off-campus housing could be difficult.
• Being an off-campus student does not keep you from being sanctioned by the university.
• If students who are part of an officially sponsored organization or group occupy your apartment or house, a number of complaints from your neighbors could result in disciplinary action against your organization.
• Frequent complaints may result in a meeting with the Student Conduct & Civility Education at the university.

Housing Codes

Baltimore County: No more than (2) two unrelated persons can live together in a single family dwelling.
Baltimore City: No more than (4) four unrelated persons can live together in a single family dwelling.

18-2-202. Obstruction of Streets and Alleys

(a) Prohibited. A person may not stop, park, or leave standing a vehicle on any road or alley:

(1) In front of or within 5 feet of the edge of any private driveway or parking area without the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises; or

(2) In a manner that prevents free passage of vehicles or the movement of a lawfully parked vehicle to or from a driveway or parking area.

(b) Parking in an alley. A person may not park, stop, or leave unattended a vehicle in any alley leaving less than 12 feet of clearance parallel to the vehicle.

(c) Authority to tow a vehicle.

(1) If a vehicle is parked, stopped or left unattended in a manner that prevents or impedes the free passage of an emergency vehicle or sanitation vehicle, the Chief of Police may tow the vehicle after making a reasonable attempt to locate the owner or, if the owner is known, the owner refuses to remove the vehicle.

(2) The owner of a vehicle towed under this subsection shall pay any towing fee incurred by the Chief of Police. (1988 Code, § 21-103) (Bill No. 131-97, § 1, 1-3-1998; Bill No. 66-01, § 2, 7-1-2004)

Summary of Policy on Off-Campus Disorderly and Disruptive Behavior Reason for Policy:

Towson University is interested in addressing the off-campus conduct of students who demonstrate a pattern of behavior over time that is disorderly and disruptive to others in the surrounding neighborhoods of the University.


Disorderly Conduct: Conduct which is a violation of local, state or federal laws or the University Student Code of Conduct. Examples of disorderly conduct include but are not limited to underage alcohol possession or consumption, public intoxication, noise violations, public urination, and harassment of others.

Disruptive to Others: Conduct which is likely to disrupt the activities of a reasonable person going about his/her daily life in the communities surrounding the University or one’s home.

Policy Statement

Under the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, the University may bring charges against a student or group of students whose “off-campus actions affect the university community or the university’s pursuit of its mission, policies or procedures.”

(Student Code of Conduct, section C. Scope, #1). Off-campus behavior which is disorderly and disruptive to others in the community or the neighborhoods surrounding the University may fall under this category.

When addressing the off campus behavior of its students, the University is primarily interested in responding to students who demonstrate a pattern of behavior over time that is disruptive to others in the community and involves disorderly conduct that is a violation of local, state or federal laws or the University Student Code of Conduct.

Repeated off-campus conduct that is disorderly and disrupts others in the community is prohibited and is subject to discipline through the University’s disciplinary process. Students who lease or own off-campus residences shall be held accountable for the disorderly and disruptive actions of other occurring within the leased or owned premises and shall be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. It is not necessary for students to receive a criminal or civil citation in order for their behavior to be subject to discipline.

Possible Sanctions

The Student Code of Conduct lists a variety of penalties which may be imposed on students or student organizations for violations of the Code. The Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education may use any of the penalties listed in the Code to address violations. However, if students engaging in disorderly conduct develop a pattern of violations relating to disruptive behavior, they may respond with sequentially more serious sanctions. Students may be put on University probation and fined $250 per student resident, increasing to $500 for subsequent incidents of a similar nature. For particularly egregious violations, the University may impose a more severe sanction.

Summary of the TU Code of Student Conduct

1. Generally, student or group conduct subject to institutional discipline is limited to: on-campus actions; off-campus actions which affect the university community or the university’s pursuit of its mission, policies or procedures; off-campus actions by officially sponsored organizations, groups or NCAA teams; or actions on university property which is leased to, or managed by, an entity other than the university.

2. However, a student charged with a violation of federal, state, or local laws for off-campus behavior maybe disciplined by the university without a judicial board hearing when: the studentis found guilty by a court of law; the student pleads guilty ornolo contendere to the charges; the student is given probationbefore judgment; or, the case is settled. Allegations of off-campus event related misconduct (see definitions) must be supported by a report, statement or accusation from a law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the misconduct is alleged to have occurred.

Additionally, interim or final disciplinary action may be taken before any court action is completed. Examples of charges that may result in action include acts of violence, drug- and alcohol-related violations, and a citation for a disorderly house. Such action will be taken only after a limited investigation by the Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education.

The student will be offered a meeting with a university official to discuss the incident. In situations where a student is not able to meet with a university official, interim action may still be taken pending a meeting with the student.

3. Some conduct clearly disturbs only the campus environment; when such behavior occurs, the university shall take internal action.

4. When there is evidence that a student has committed a crime on campus, disciplinary action at the university will normally proceed independently of pending criminal charges, including when charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or dropped. The student may then be subject to civilauthorities as well as internal disciplinary action. 

5. When a student is charged with a violation of one or more provisions of this Code, a charge letter arranging a meeting with a representative of the Office of Student Conduct & Civility Education will be given or sent to the student within a reasonable amount of time. At the meeting, the student will be informed of:

a. specific violation

b. description of alleged incident

c. hearing or informal investigation procedure

d. rights of appeal

Prohibited Conduct

The following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action:

1a. Intentionally furnishing false information to the institution; this includes lying to university officials.

1b. Forging, altering or using institutional documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud, or to otherwise benefit therefrom.

2a. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration or disciplinary proceedings.

2b. Disruption or obstruction of university-sponsored

activities or events.

3. Lewd, obscene or indecent behavior.

4. Physical abuse of any person.

5a. Unwanted physical contact or threat of physical contact with a university official.

5b. Threats of violence or placing a person in fear of imminent physical injury or danger.

5c. Any endangering conduct that imperils or jeopardizes the health or safety of any person or persons, including oneself.

6. Inflicting mental or emotional distress upon a person through a course of conduct involving abuse or disparagement of that person’s race, religion, sex, creed, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

7. Acts that invade the privacy of another person.

8. All forms of sexual assault including, but not limited to, rape, date/acquaintance rape, or other non-consensual verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

9. Abuse of any person; this includes verbal, written, e-mail or telephone abuse.

10. Intentionally or recklessly damaging, destroying, defacing or tampering with university, public or personal property of another.

11. Uncooperative behavior and/or failure to comply with proper instructions of officials acting in performance of their duties.

12. Violation of published institutional regulations and policies.

13. Violation of state, federal and local laws.

14. Unauthorized presence in institutional facilities.

15a. The possession or use of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia when not in accordance with established policy.

15b. The sale, distribution or manufacture of illegal drugs when not in accordance with established policy.

16. The possession or use of any firearms or instrument which may be construed as a weapon, without express permission of the University Police.

17. The possession of explosives, fireworks or pyrotechnic paraphernalia on campus.

18a. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages when not in accordance with established policy.

18b. Public intoxication.

19. The unauthorized use of or entry into university computer systems.

20. Violation of the university housing policy.

21. Violation of any disciplinary sanction.

22. Charging telephone or telecommunications charges to university telephones or extension numbers without authorization. 

23. Theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to steal or misappropriation of another’s property. This includes, but is not limited to, removing, possessing, concealing, altering, tampering or otherwise appropriating goods or property without authorization.

24. Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Note: When students are found responsible for violation of university policies involving alcohol or drugs, parents may be notified. Complete copies of the Code of Student Conduct are available in the Student Policy Book or at the offices of Student Conduct & Civility Education, and Campus Life.

Information on Student Conduct and Civility Education can be found here. 

Contact Information

Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility

Administration Building, Office 224
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.