A committee of faculty, staff and students was formed to identify the values that provide a foundation for student behavior expectations within the Samford community. The Christian faith is a primary source for most of these values. The committee also identified specific inappropriate behaviors that would violate these values. Finally, it recommended the minimum sanction students would receive whenever they are responsible for a value violation. The results of the efforts of the committee provide students with a clear understanding of what is expected of a contributing member of the community at Samford University. All who work, study and learn at Samford do so voluntarily. As is the case with all communities, reasonable expectations (rules and regulations) are identified that contribute to the common good of the community. Being a contributing member of a community requires that selfish individualism often must give way to what is best for a caring, orderly and just community.
The information that follows is intended to communicate values, expectations, rights and responsibilities of students who voluntarily join the Samford community.