General Campus Accessibility

Information found here regarding campus accessibility is provided to assist individuals in finding accessible routes, building entrances, parking lots, telephones and other information for planning campus travel.

Campus Geography and Buildings

Towson University’s campus comprises 24 academic and support buildings, 14 residence halls, three dining facilities and three parking garages situated on 328 acres of challenging topography. Accessible features are indicated on the campus map.

Power-Operated Doors

Power-operated doors are located at main entrances to most academic and administrative buildings. Actuator buttons for power-operated doors are marked with an accessibility sign. Anyone who finds these doors inoperable should notify Work Control Center at 410-704-2481 for repair.


Elevators in all academic and non-secured auxiliary buildings are fully accessible. Residence buildings that have accessible suites above or below ground floor have accessible elevators.

Wheelchair Lifts/Residential Type Elevators

Wheelchair lifts and stair lifts are located in the following buildings.

Media Center–This wheelchair lift operates between the first and second levels and requires a key to access and operate.  Individuals who need to use the lift may contact the designated office posted at the lift for a temporary key.

Smith Hall–This residential-type elevator accesses the planetarium and is located in the fifth floor hallway near room 532. The elevator is attendant operated and will be operated by the attending instructor to the planetarium.

Stephens Hall–This wheelchair lift is located on the ground level and provides access to the first floor (main).  Individuals who need to use the lift may contact the designated office posted at the lift for a temporary key.

University Union–This lift is located on the ground floor. The lift is attendant-operated and has call buttons located at the top and bottom of the unit. Inoperable lifts should be reported to Work Control center at 410-704-2481 immediately.  



Restrooms in all academic and non-secured auxiliary buildings are fully accessible.  Buildings with three levels or less may only have one accessible restroom for each gender and would be located on the intermediate level


Rapid elevation changes throughout campus can be challenging and should be considered when planning travel. In addition, buildings located outside of the campus core may not be on an interconnecting accessible walkway.  Most campus and county sidewalks have curb cuts at road intersections but are not necessarily on accessible routes. Refer to the for accessible paths and walkways.


Accessible TTY telephones are located in the following academic and administrative buildings:

Administration Building—Human Resources Office

Administration Building, Room 232 —Disability Support Services

Burdick Hall—Front Desk

Enrollment Services Center—2nd floor Pay Phone

General Services Building— Police Communications Center

University Union—2nd floor Pay Phone

Van Bokkelen Hall— Audio Lab (Basement)

Environmental Health and Fire Safety

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) implements fire safety programs involving persons with disabilities on campus.  EHS provides floor evacuation door stickers to the Department of Housing and Residence Life explaining the way for students with disabilities to escape a fire. These stickers are on the back of every door in the residence halls on campus. EHS conducts fire safety training for the Resident Assistants at the beginning of each term and covers the evacuation policy/procedure and what residents with disabilities should do in a fire emergency. Residence halls maintain a list of residents who  have disabilities and require evacuation assistance. EHS also coordinates the Rescue Sticker Program with the Baltimore County Fire Department (BCFD).  Under the program, the BCFD places a rescue sticker on the resident's bedroom window for the purpose of quickly alerting the fire department/rescue crews that someone needing assistance is in that location. The individual’s name and location are also added to a list maintained by the Baltimore County Central Communications Center and the Towson University Police Department so they can alert responding rescuers to the the person with a disability who needs assistance. To participate in this program, contact EHS.

Disability Support Services (DSS) sends a copy of the class schedule for students who need evacuation assistance to the Towson University Police Department so they can alert responding rescuer's to their location.  Contact DSS to have your schedule sent to the university police.

Faculty and staff who require evacuation assistance can be included on a list with the Towson University Police Department (TUPD).  In cases of emergency evacuation in an academic or administrative building, the TUPD will alert responding rescuers with the individual's location. Contact EHS to be placed on the list. 

Additional fire safety information, including fire safety brochures, policies and evacuation procedures, can be found at the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. You can also contact Paul Parrish, fire safety manager, at 410-704-6380, or e-mail, for  more information.

Fire Alarms    

All academic and auxiliary services buildings have audible and/or visual fire alarm systems.  Audible alarms emit a loud pulsing sound (horn, buzzer or bell). Visual alarms are flashing EXIT signs and/or flashing lights mounted throughout the buildings




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