After You Are Registered With DSS
- At the beginning of each term, pick up your memos from the DSS office. Memos document your registration and specify approved accommodations.
- Give your memo to each of your professors as early as possible each term and take the time to privately discuss your accommodations.
- Maintain regular contact with your DSS specialist. Your DSS specialist is available to assist both you and your professors in implementing accommodations as they relate to specific course or program requirements. They can also discuss your academic progress, and refer you to other resources if/when needed.
Rights and Responsibilities
- Inform students of office location and procedures for requesting accommodations.
- Accept and evaluate verifying documentation.
- Maintain documentation for each student.
- Approve appropriate accommodations.
- Protect student’s privacy and confidentiality.
- Provide equal access to programs and services.
- Meet the essential qualifications and standards for programs and courses.
- Disclose the disability in a timely manner.
- Inform DSS of accommodation needs and provide appropriate documentation.
- Provide professors with the DSS accommodations memo and discuss how the accommodations will be implemented in each course.
- Inform DSS of barriers to accessibility.
- Pick up DSS accommodations memo each semester.
- Make sure that each course, viewed in its entirety, is accessible.
- Support and implement accommodations as identified in the DSS accommodation memo and presented by the student.
- Consult with DSS regarding accommodations as part of the interactive process.
- Maintain student’s confidentiality.
- Submit book lists to bookstore as early as possible.
- Include announcement on syllabus directing students to DSS if they have a disability-related need.
Delta Alpha Pi
Delta Alpha Pi (DAP) is an honor society that recognizes college students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition, its purpose is to spread a positive message regarding students with disabilities. There are more 100 chapters of Delta Alpha Pi at colleges and universities across the country, as well as abroad. The Towson University chapter of DAP, Alpha Epsilon, was founded in 2009 and is open to students registered with Disability Support Services who demonstrate an interest in disability issues and meet specific GPA requirements. Members of Delta Alpha Pi honor society engage in activities designed to educate the campus community regarding disability issues and to change negative stereotyping associated with disability. DAP activities are also designed to facilitate the development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for its members. For more information, contact DAP co-advisors, Robyn McCray at rmccray AT_TOWSON or Meredith Anderson at manderson AT_TOWSON.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
Disability Support Services participates in the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) which is a federal recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers with college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are seeking summer and permanent jobs. To be eligible for the WRP, applicants must be U.S. citizens who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within the past year.
On an annual basis, WRP recruiters conduct interviews during the fall semester with applicants who wish to be entered into the WRP employment database. In the past, interviews have been held in the DSS office or by phone. After applicants are selected, the database is opened to all employers registered with WRP nationwide. Both federal employers and private companies hire candidates from the database throughout the following year for positions across the United States and abroad. For more information, please contact the Towson University WRP coordinator, Jeannie Mauldin, at jmauldin AT_TOWSON.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Towson University policies and procedures prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
Students who believe they have been discriminated against because of their disability, or who have a complaint regarding disability accommodations or services, should notify the Director of DSS. The Director will meet with the concerned individual as soon as practical in an attempt to resolve the complaint.
If the complaint is not resolved at this level, or if the complaint includes the Director of DSS, the student may contact the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity for resolution. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Fair Practices Officer will attempt to resolve the complaint either informally or formally. If the complaint results in a formal letter of finding, there are procedures for appealing a formal resolution.
A copy of Towson University's Policy on Prohibiting Discrimination, which includes the procedures for making a complaint, is available at: