Samford University

Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Value: Self-Discipline

Lewd and Indecent Conduct

  • Definition: Including, but not limited to, the following: lewd, indecent, profane and vulgar language, writing, expression or behavior (to include dress); Peeping Toms; indecent exposure; and possession of pornographic materials.
  • Minimum Sanction: Reprimand, $50 fine


  • Definition: To play or game for money or other valuable stakes with the hope of gaining something significant beyond the amount an individual pays.
  • Minimum Sanction: Reprimand

Disorderly Conduct

  • Definition: Conduct that is offensive or annoying to others or is disruptive of the rights of others.
  • Minimum Sanction: Reprimand

Possessing, Consuming or Distributing Alcoholic Beverages

  • Definition: Possessing, consuming or distributing alcoholic beverages (to include containers) is prohibited on the campus and at any activity off campus that is sponsored by any university organization, department or group, or by any individual in the name of any university organization, department or group.
  •  Minimum Sanction(s):
    •  By a student - Probation; $50 fine; alcohol education or alcohol counseling
    •  By an organization - Probation; $100 fine; alcohol education

Distributing Alcoholic Beverages to Underage Persons

  • Definition:
    • Any student or organization providing or distributing alcoholic beverages to any individual under the age of 21 years
    • By an organization-Probation; $100 fine; alcohol education 
  •  Minimum Sanction(s):
    •  By a student
      •  First offense – Probation; $150 fine; alcohol education; recommendation of loss of institutional scholarship
      •  Second offense – University suspension 
    • By an organization
      • First offense – Probation; $500 fine; alcohol education for entire organization; organization social activity suspension for one semester
      • Second offense – University suspension of organizational status to be determined in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and/or Director of Greek Life


  • Definition: A person who, having consumed alcoholic beverages or other substances, experiences a loss of the normal use of mental and/or physical faculties. (This includes, but is not limited to, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, aggression, loss of memory or abusive behavior.)
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation, $250 fine, and alcohol and/or substance abuse education

Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages or Alcoholic Paraphernalia

  • Definition:  Possessing, consuming or distribution of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21 years
  • Minimum Sanction(s): 
      • First offense - $150 fine, probation, and alcohol education/counseling
      • Second offense - $300 fine, 1 year probation, 20 hours community service and alcohol education 

Possessing or Using Illegal Drugs

  • Definition: Possession and/or use of controlled substances including, but not limited to, amphetamines, barbiturates, hallucinogens, narcotics, marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids, synthetic drug or hallucinogen, or other intoxicants.
  • Minimum Sanction: University suspension

Distributing Illegal Drugs

  • Definition: Providing or distributing illegal drugs to any individual
  • Minimum Sanction: Expulsion

Possessing or Using Drug Paraphernalia

  • Definition: Possession of any tool, instrument, device, etc., that is used or can be used in illegal drug use. Items include, but are not limited to, bongs, rolling papers, grinders, marijuana clips, needles, syringes, etc.
  • Minimum Sanction:
    • First offense – One year probation; drug counseling; $250 fine
    • Second offense – University Suspension