How does Samford CARE?

Samford’s mission begins with a commitment to “nurture persons”, which includes paying attention to the academic, mental, emotional and spiritual concerns of students and responding to those concerns with compassion and support. One of the distinctive characteristics of our campus culture is the thoughtful and thorough efforts made to identify students that need help, to connect them with the right resources and to invest in their long-term healing and success.

Samford Cares for students in many tangible ways, but mostly through people.

  • Faculty
  • Health Services and Counseling Services Staff
  • Office of Spiritual Life & Student Affairs Staff
  • Residence Life Staff
  • The CARE Team

What is the CARE Team?

The CARE Team (Communicate, Assess, Resource, Educate) is a group of faculty and staff members from across campus that exists to help students of concern remain successful in and out of the classroom. The CARE Team connects students that are experiencing unusual stress or challenges with a variety of resources to help address their concerns. These resources include, but are not limited to: University Counseling Services, Academic Success Center, Disability Resources, Public Safety, Residence Life, Title IX Officer, Student Involvement and Office of Spiritual Life.

Who is a “Student of Concern”?

Students of concern typically demonstrate behaviors that include but are not limited to, extended absences from classes, physical illness, emotional distress or any behavior that causes another member of the community concern.

What Happens When a Student of Concern is Referred?

When the Care Team receives a referral, they will gather additional information and implement a plan of care for the student based on their assessment. The plan of care typically includes some combination of outreach and support from resources on campus like the Academic Success Center, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, Residence Life and the Office of Spiritual Life.

How Does the CARE Team Find Out about Students of Concern?

The CARE Team receives referrals from a variety of sources. Faculty, staff, peers and parents can submit their concern for a student online, by email or phone. The CARE Team encourages everyone to say something if they see something that concerns them.

As a note, the CARE team is not meant for immediate emergencies. In emergencies, call Safety & Security at 205-726-2020.

Looking for a Non-Mandated Reporter?

If your concern is related to a sexual assault and you want to talk with a non-mandated reporter to ensure confidentiality, resources are available.

Why Refer?

The CARE team can provide additional resources and individualized help to students who are experiencing difficulties.

Submit a CARE Team Form Submit a Bereavement Form