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 25 academic and support buildings, 15 residence halls, three dining facilities and three parking garages situated on 329 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:

  • Auburn House — This lift is available to access the first floor from the rear of the building. A lift key is required and a building key is required to enter from the outside.
  • Burdick Hall — This lift is available to access the pool bleacher area from the hallway. A lift key is required. The pool also has a portable lift to lower people in and out of the pool itself. Keys can be obtained from the pool staff.
  • Newell Dining — This lift is available to access the first and second floors of the building. A lift key is required and can be obtained from dining staff at both levels of the building.
  • Richmond Hall — This lift is available to access the first floor, second floor and front entrance foyer level which accesses classroom 100. This lift does not require any keys.
  • Stephens Hall — This lift can be used to get from the main lower level hallway to rooms 105,107,109,111,113,115 and 117. A key is required.


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 which includes persons with disabilities on campus. EHS provides floor evacuation door stickers to the Department of Housing and Residence Life which depicts evacuation routes and provides instructions to students, including those with disabilities, on what to do in 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 Life Coordinators (RLCs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) at the beginning of each term and covers the university's fire policy/procedure and what residents, including those with disabilities, should do in a fire emergency. Residence halls maintain a list of residents who have disabilities, including residents having temporary conditions-for the duration of the injury (e.g., sprained ankle) and require evacuation assistance. The list should note the resident's room number and the type of disability. This list is provided to emergency response personal upon their arrival. Once outside, employees and students are asked to notify emergency personnel of any person remaining in the building as soon as possible.

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

Faculty and staff who require evacuation assistance can be included on a list with the TUPD. In cases of emergency evacuation in an academic or administrative building, the TUPD will alert responding rescuers with the individual's location. Contact TUPD 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 for more information.

Fire Alarms

All academic and auxiliary services buildings have audible and visual (speakers/strobes) fire alarm systems and have the capability to deliver prerecorded emergency or voice messages.




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