Samford University

Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Code of Values

Statement of Values Preamble

We as the Samford University community affirm the value of a peaceful and purposeful community, founded on the moral and ethical integrity of students, staff and faculty. We commit ourselves to the Christian values on which Samford University was founded. We expect that our commitment to mutual responsibility and a spirit of cooperation will create a community that is orderly, caring and just.

The purpose of this statement is to affirm those basic principles that underlie the rights and responsibilities of the university community.

Worth of the Individual

We value the intrinsic worth of every individual in the community. Our respect for other individuals includes an appreciation of cultural backgrounds different from our own, an understanding of different attitudes and opinions, and an awareness of the consequences of our actions on the broader community. Those values can be violated by behaviors such as harassment, hazing, sexual misconduct, assault, stalking, and relationship violence.


We value personal responsibility and recognize the individual’s need for physical, intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional wholeness. We value the full development of every student in terms of a confident and constructive self-image, of a commitment to self-discipline, and of a responsible self-expression. Gambling; disorderly conduct; possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol; intoxication; and possessing, using and distributing illegal drugs are examples of behaviors that violate the value of self-discipline.


We value a campus community that encourages personal growth and academic development in an atmosphere of positive Christian influence. We affirm the necessity of academic standards of conduct that allow students and faculty to live and study together. We value the fair and efficient administration of these standards of conduct. These values can be violated by academic dishonesty, fraud and dishonesty.

Respect for Property and the Environment

We value the rights and privileges of owning and using property, both personal and university, and the benefits of preservation and maintenance of property and of our natural resources. In our stewardship of property, we recognize the accountability of our actions to the future of the Samford University community. Stealing or being in the possession of stolen or lost property, vandalism, setting a fire and arson, tampering with fire and safety equipment, possessing firearms or weapons on campus, possessing or using fireworks on campus, unauthorized entry, and stealing or unauthorized use or possession of money or other negotiable instruments, and smoking in undesignated smoking areas on campus are examples of behaviors that violate this value.

Respect for Community Authority

We value our privileges and responsibilities as members of the university community and as citizens of the community beyond the campus. We value the community standards of conduct expressed in our system of laws and value the fair administration of those laws, including university, municipal, state and federal laws. These values are violated by aiding, abetting or conspiring to engage in values violations; violating residence-hall visitation guidelines; reckless behavior; lewd and indecent conduct; insubordination; unauthorized and/or unruly demonstrations; driving while impaired; habitually offending motor vehicle rules and regulations; creating a nuisance by talking, yelling, singing or playing a musical instrument, electronic device, etc., loudly enough to disturb members of the university community; committing a city, state or federal crime; and excessive parking citations.