Towson alters OneCard policy to include theft
Junior David Marin was just off of the bus at the Rodgers Forge bus route to his apartment in Walker Manor, when he noticed six men out of the corner of his eye.
These men followed him right to his apartment door before they walked in front of him and one flashed a gun in Marin’s face.
They stole Marin’s wallet and personal belongings, he said. That Monday, he went to get his OneCard replaced and was shocked to learn that it would cost him $15.
“If something is taken from you and it wasn’t of your own accord,” Marin said. “It’s as if they, the school, was going to rob me again.”
Towson has since revised the OneCard policy and has given Marin a free OneCard, Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services Joe Oster said.
“We will replace it for free if it was stolen and you have a police report,” he said.
The Auxiliary Office tries to print new OneCard contracts printed every year and will include the addition to the policy during the next printing cycle, Oster said.
Freshman Daniel Kehoe was impressed with Towson’s openness to changing the policy in Marin’s favor.
“It’s nice that they’ll actually hear our problems and actually do something about them,” he said.
Marin said he was pleased with the policy change and was glad he didn’t have to pay to have his OneCard replaced.
He had filed a report with Towson University Police Department and also went to the first Student Government Association meeting of the year and brought it up during the student concerns period.
“I told them that in the event of a robbery, it shouldn’t be the victim’s responsibility to replace university property, the OneCard,” he said.
“Under the circumstances, Towson did a very good job listening and acting about my concerns.”