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)