Disability Support Services staff works with students to ensure access and participation in academic and campus life at Towson University. Students with disabilities, for their part, are responsible for making their needs known in a timely manner and meeting the academic standards set for all Towson University students. The primary responsibility of the DSS staff is to provide academic accommodations and services, such as extended time on exams and note taking services. However, we also encourage students to develop an individual working relationship with our staff to address learning and other issues, as appropriate.
Services and accommodations can include:
Orientation and help with transition from high school or community college
Help with course load and selection
Testing accommodations and use of the Testing Services Center
Alternate formats for printed materials
Organization and study skills assistance
Disability consultation and help with disclosure
Memos to professors
Information and referral to resources on and off-campus*
Training and consultation with faculty/staff regarding accommodations
Please note: DSS does not offer diagnostic testing or content tutoring but does make referrals.
1. Complete a Disability Support Services application. An application may be obtained on-line through the Procedures for Registering link or by calling the DSS office.
2. Provide documentation of your disability that meets Towson University's guidelines. See the on-line Documentation Guidelines link for further information regarding the type of evaluation needed for the specific disability.
3. Meet with a DSS specialist for an intake appointment to discuss your disability and accommodations and services that may be needed.
4. Upon completion of registration with DSS, you will be provided with memos for you to pick up and give to your instructors stating that you are registered with DSS and your approved accommodations.
5. Discuss your accommodations with your instructors. DSS is available to assist both you and your professor in implementing accommodations as they relate to specific course or program requirements. It is your responsibility to notify DSS in a timely manner if an accommodation is not working.
6. You must pick up your memos at DSS, distribute them and discuss your accommodations with your instructors each term. This should be done as early as possible in the term.