The Office of Values Advocacy assists students in their transition to and completion of college, with services designed to help students in their personal and social development and well-being.

Code of Values

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.

Student Handbook (p. 57)

Sanctions for Inappropriate Behavior

A student who engages in inappropriate behavior is subject to one or a combination of sanctions from a reprimand and fines up to expulsion.

Student Handbook (p. 58)

Students’ Rights

A student, or an organization, that has been charged with a values violation and alleged to be involved in inappropriate behavior will be granted rights to assure fundamental fairness in the judicial process.

Student Handbook (p. 63)

Values Violations 

Inappropriate behavior can refer to personal or group behavior, on or off campus, which violates values that guide and govern behavior. The values statements are presented in this handbook. The following are examples of inappropriate behavior and is not inclusive, but is intended to give students an idea of the types of behavior that may result in sanctions. Sanctions will be imposed when circumstances warrant as determined by the University Values Advocate or the Values Council.

Student Handbook (p. 58)

Values Violation Process

The purpose of the values violation process is to give fundamental fairness to a student or an organization that has possibly violated a Samford University Code of Values. Fundamental fairness means a student or an organization is given an opportunity to present what took place at an event/activity and question the evidence that led to a belief a values violation occurred. The opportunity is given to the student or organization before a decision is made about the violation and a sanction imposed.

Student Handbook (p. 62)

Student Complaint Process

Code of Values

“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.”

Specific Complaint Policies and Procedures

Students are encouraged to resolve complaints at the appropriate level of disagreements. When registering concerns or complaints, students must follow the appropriate procedures. If a student has any question about the applicable procedure to follow for a particular complaint, the student should contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Development. For any of the following matters, the student should refer to the proper resource:

  • Grade Appeals: Office of the Registrar
  • Academic Petition Form is for students seeking exceptions to academic policy. Examples include adding/dropping a class after the add/drop period, graduation requirement exception, etc. Office Registrar
  • Title IX: Title IX Coordinator
  • Disability Accommodation Grievance Procedures: Office of Disability Resources
  • Law Student Complaint Resolution Policy: Director of Law Student Services
  • Anonymous Complaints may be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (VPSAEM). The VPSAEM office is not an advocate for any party to a disagreement, but is an advocate for a fair process. Acting as a neutral party, the VPSAEM or his designee will attempt to resolve complaints by directly working with the student and appropriate employees to assure a fair process. Complaints that cannot be resolved informally, may be referred to other university officials for resolution. A record of a complaint and resolution will be maintained in VPSAEM office.

Other Student-Related Complaints

If a student is unable to resolve an issue, the student may submit a written complaint through the Student Complaint form. Forms submitted without contact information cannot be processed. A student who has a complaint that a policy or procedure has been incorrectly or unfairly applied in his/her particular case, or a complaint about the behavior of a University employee that does not fall within any of the categories specifically listed above, the complaint will be handled as follows:

Informal Resolution

Students are encouraged to speak directly with the employee most concerned with or responsible for the situation that is the cause of the complaint. If this communication does not lead to a resolution, or such a discussion is not deemed appropriate, the student may submit a written complaint through the Student Complaint form.

Formal Complaint

The student complaint form is to be used by any student who wishes to file a grievance about his/her perceived treatment/interaction with a member of the university community or a service offered at the university.

Receipt of the complaint will be acknowledge within fifteen (15) days. The appropriate university administrator will then review the matter. A final written determination, including any proposed resolution, will be sent to the student within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the complaint. A complete record of formal complaints will be kept by the relevant University office.