Academics

What circumstances could prompt the university to discontinue residential life and transition to online learning for the semester?
Updated 9/15/2020

The decision to transition to online learning is complex and does not rely on any one factor. In making operational decisions, Samford administrators consider a number of variables beyond positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. The administration is closely monitoring the public health situation within our local community and throughout our state. In addition to our own assessments, operational decisions also are influenced by guidance from the Jefferson County Department of Health, the Alabama Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. A team of dedicated administrators, faculty and staff are assessing the situation regularly and any anticipated changes to course delivery and on campus operations will be communicated promptly.

Will courses taught this fall still include in-person teaching?
Updated 8/14/2020

Yes, approximately 86% of all courses across all degree programs will include in-person learning this fall. If you are unsure about the delivery method of your course, please consult Banner and use the course delivery guide to help you better understand your schedule.

Academic Calendar
Updated 7/8/2020

August 24 will be the first day of classes for the Fall semester for all students except Cumberland School of Law. The semester will begin on August 17 for law students.

In an effort to minimize travel and possible transmission of the virus, all on-campus instruction will end prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Undergraduate students will complete the semester by Tuesday, November 24; graduate programs will have varying schedules. Graduate students will hear directly from their academic dean or program director regarding the end of the term for their respective programs.

Labor Day and Fall Break will be regular class days for all students and employees in order to allow for an earlier conclusion of the Fall semester.

Library Access
Updated 7/1/2020

Samford University libraries will be opened only for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Visitors will not be permitted during the Fall semester.

Each facility will observe university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage, maximum capacity and social distancing. Maximum occupancy requirements will be implemented based on a minimum 6-foot separation between persons. Access and occupancy levels will be managed by card swipe when possible and furniture will be configured to accommodate 6-foot social distancing requirements.

To promote equitable access for all students and employees, libraries may implement a reservation system. Books may be reserved or checked out by phone or at the websites for the respective libraries. Special collections, microfiche and other areas requiring personal service by library employees will operate by appointment only.

Contactless transactions will be available for many services such as photocopy equipment and check-outs. Sanitization of high touch surfaces will occur at least twice daily and employees and students will be equipped with disinfectant wipes to sanitize after use of spaces. Returned books will be allowed to “cure” in accordance with National Library standards before being returned to stacks.

Classroom Protocols
Updated 6/29/2020

Classrooms will observe university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage, maximum capacity and social distancing. Face coverings and social distancing will be required in all public spaces, including classrooms, for employees and students. Additional information may be provided in the course syllabus.

Athletics and Events

Will you host Homecoming?
Updated 10/9/2020

Samford has announced its annual Homecoming celebration will occur virtually this fall given the health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the first time in university history, Homecoming 2020 will be delivered virtually November 12-14 through the event platform Zoom.  A complete schedule of activities will be released by the end of September, and can be found on Samford’s Homecoming website.

Athletic Events
Updated 8/19/2020

The Southern Conference has decided that all fall league competition has been postponed until the spring of 2021 due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university also announced that the sports of football, men's and women's cross country, soccer, and volleyball, as well as all non-championship segment sports will not participate in nonconference competition this fall. Read more here.

Can I host an event or meeting on campus?
Updated 8/17/2020

Campus events and meetings are limited to employees and students only. The maximum suggested size for all gatherings is 50 people and all events must adhere to room capacity restrictions. Campus event locations should be reserved through SPACES, the university’s space management room reservation system.

In order to mitigate COVID-19 related risks, no external events involving outside organizations or visitors are being scheduled at this time.

Can I come on campus to take photos or videos?
Updated 8/17/2020

At this time, visitors to campus are strongly discouraged. With this in mind, outside organizations and visitors are not allowed to take photos or videos on campus.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
Updated 8/17/2020

In an effort to mitigate the risks for contracting and transmitting COVID-19 on our campus, visitors are strongly discouraged. Ongoing exceptions to this include prospective students registered for campus tours through the Office of Admission, approved vendors, and those approved by a vice president or academic dean. Any visitors to campus must abide by the requirements set forth in the Guide for Returning to Campus. Visitors are not allowed in residence halls, the library and many other spaces on campus.

What are the plans for student athletes returning to campus?
Updated 7/14/2020

Samford Athletics has created a comprehensive guide for student athletes. It is available here.

Finance

Are there resources available for Samford employees who face significant financial challenges during the coronavirus pandemic?
Updated 6/27/2020

Yes, the university’s Employee Assistance Fund exists to support the unforeseen financial challenges our colleagues may face now and in the days ahead.

Food Service

How can I share feedback about food service?
Updated 9/9/2020

Samford Dining is committed to serving your needs and your feedback is always appreciated. You can share your ideas or concerns through this feedback form or by emailing dining@samford.edu. Samford Dining also works alongside the SGA Food Committee to ensure student voices are heard.

Can I place an order online and pick-up my food?
Updated 9/9/2020
Yes! The Grubhub app is available for easy online ordering and pick-up from most food venues on campus. Online ordering is not available for the Caf.
How can I find out what food options are available in the Caf?
Updated 9/9/2020

You can view the Caf menu online or in the Bite app before visiting the Caf.

Are reservations required in the Caf?
Updated 9/9/2020

All students and employees can dine in the Caf on a first come, first served basis; reservations are no longer required.

What will Samford Dining look like this fall?
Updated 7/25/2020

Samford Dining will provide a range of new dining options on campus this fall. This includes new outdoor seating, food trucks, more grab-and-go prepackaged options, online ordering, meal kits for students who can cook at home and new locations that will accept students’ card swipes. The Caf will remain open with a host of full-service meal options.

Food Service Protocols
Updated 7/23/2020

Campus dining is provided and managed by Sodexo Operations, LLC. Food service operations will be in accordance with applicable government health standards, including those for ServSafe operations. On-campus food service in Fall 2020 will be provided pursuant to the following requirements:

  • High touch surfaces in dining areas will be sanitized on a determined schedule throughout the day.
  • Food service operations will follow university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage and social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Reservations by students wishing to eat in the Caf will be required using the Sodexo BITE app.  In order to adhere to capacity restrictions required for social distancing, only students will be permitted to eat in the Caf for the Fall semester.  
  • Stanchions, hand sanitizers, plexiglass, signage and other controls will be installed in queue areas and throughout the Caf.
  • Whenever practicable, contactless service techniques will be employed, such as cashless payment, card “tap,” wireless payment technologies, and door props.
  • Food service hours will be extended to align with extended class schedules.
  • Students and employees shall wear face coverings when standing or moving about food service areas or when queueing for entrance. Face coverings may be removed and properly stored while eating.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all food service employees including gloves and masks. Face shields also are required for front-line employees (i.e. those with direct customer contact).
  • All food service employees must receive COVID-19 specific training.
Menus and Food Distribution
Updated 6/30/2020
  • All dining patrons are encouraged to order take-out food, which will be available for all meals. Grab and go menu options will be expanded.
  • Additional food distribution points will be established across campus, such as food trucks, food lockers, concession areas and catering.
  • Grocery boxes will be available for sale to students to prepare their own meals.
  • All self-service food or drink stations will be closed. Utensils, plates, cups and condiments will be single-use and disposable.

Health

Will I be notified if I have been in contact with someone on campus (a student or employee) who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Updated 9/11/2020

Yes, you will be notified through Samford’s contact tracing process if the university learns that you are a “close contact” of an infected individual. Close contacts are defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected person for at least 15 minutes cumulatively in a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic cases, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the case is isolated.

Will health services be available on campus this Fall?
Updated 8/27/2020

University Health Services is available by appointment only for students and employees from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. To learn more or make an appointment, visit the University Health Services website. Outside of these hours, you should contact St. Vincent’s Urgent Care or another primary care provider for your health care needs.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should CALL the clinic at 205-726-2835 for a telehealth appointment with our nurse practitioner. If a COVID-19 test is recommended, you will be referred to St. Vincent's Primary Care in Hoover for an in-car test--possibly the same day. Results are received within 48-72 hours.

University Health Services will not facilitate COVID-19 testing required for returning to campus. If you have questions about return to campus testing, please contact covid19health@samford.edu.

What to do if you are sick (Rapid Identification Protocols)
Updated 8/27/2020

Students with a fever, cough, sudden loss of smell or taste, or other symptoms of COVID-19 shall call University Health Services at 205-726-2835 for a telehealth appointment. If a COVID-19 test is recommended, you will be referred to St. Vincent's Primary Care in Hoover for an in-car test--possibly the same day. Results are received within 48-72 hours.

Employees with a fever, cough, sudden loss of smell or taste, or other symptoms of COVID-19 shall be promptly tested by their primary health care provider.

ALL employees and students shall immediately report to Covid19health@samford.edu suspected cases of COVID-19; confirmed cases of COVID-19; or if they or other employees or students have been exposed to someone with (i) COVID-19 symptoms, (ii) confirmed COVID-19; or (iii) suspected COVID-19. The report shall be made within two hours of first obtaining any of the foregoing information.

Quarantine and Isolation
Updated 8/20/2020

The university will help facilitate quarantine or isolation, as appropriate, pursuant to one or more of the following measures:

  • Employees, students, and regular campus contractors with confirmed COVID-19 are required to isolate for up to 14 days and can’t return or resume campus activities until three days have passed with no fever and medications, all symptoms have passed, and at least 10 days have passed since the COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
  • Students and employees residing in a dwelling with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 - regardless of whether there has been close contact - must quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.
  • If a student or employee has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, the student or employee shall self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. Close contact is defined as any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.
  •  Individuals in quarantine shall self-monitor their symptom development (check temperature twice daily) and keep a record of the results using Samford Healthcheck.
  • Anyone exposed to a person with COVID-19 shall quarantine at their home if possible. Quarantine requires that the student remain exclusively in the assigned space for 14 days (no exceptions).
  • Quarantine may also be required if employees or students travel to areas of wide community transmission (i.e. “hot spots”), as determined by the CDC.
  • The university will facilitate regular check-ins and social support to students quarantined on Samford’s campus or in facilities assigned by Samford.
  • Assistance for loss of resiliency, stress, depression and suicidal ideations is particularly important. As part of its case management protocol, Samford will seek to inform diagnosed individuals as to accessible and confidential support services available through web-based, mobile and other traditional modalities.
OSHA Administrative and Engineering Controls
Updated 6/30/2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that employers implement administrative and engineering controls to help establish a workplace free from harm. Samford has created a common rubric to define controls based on position duties, vulnerability status, and levels of interaction. This rubric provides a framework for supervisors to implement controls for employees, safe work practices, and engineering controls.

According to OSHA definitions, most employees have moderate or low risk of exposure. To address the needs of at-risk individuals and/or variable work conditions, administrative controls, engineering controls and safe work practices may be implemented, depending upon the situation. Those who have self-identified to fall into the vulnerable classification or as a primary caregiver of someone in the vulnerable classification, as defined by the CDC, may request administrative or engineering controls. Human Resources will provide this process in July.

Quarantine vs. Isolation
Updated 6/30/2020

Quarantine is used to keep someone who is reasonably believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine aids in preventing the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows he or she is ill or infected with the virus. People in quarantine should remain at home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow instructions from their state or local health department and primary health care provider.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those who are asymptomatic) from people who are not infected. People in isolation should remain at home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone who is sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

View the CDC guide to determining whether you should quarantine or isolate.

Masks
Updated 6/30/2020

Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus including classrooms, the library, event venues and dining facilities. They are not required in private offices or a student’s assigned room or apartment.

COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. This is why it is so important that everyone consistently wear a face mask. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people. This is not an individual decision but a requirement for the common good. Learn more about proper use, storage, cleaning and replacement of face coverings.

Office Sanitization
Updated 6/30/2020

Sanitization of personal office spaces and high touch surfaces inside offices should be performed twice daily (in the morning and before lunch) by each office occupant. This includes, for example, desks, computer keyboard, staplers and surfaces on the desk, light switch, door knob, copier machine, phone, and cell phone. If you need cleaning supplies, request them from your supervisor or the Purchasing Department. Students and employees are encouraged to maintain their own supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for personal use. If anyone has difficulty locating wipes or sanitizer for purchase, he or she should contact the Samford Shop or Purchasing Department.

Sanitization Processes
Updated 6/30/2020

Samford has implemented stringent sanitization processes across campus operations in accordance with CDC guidelines. Samford’s custodial services are performed by Southeast Service Corporation D/B/A SSC Service Solutions (SSC). SSC will certify that CDC required sanitization, including approved EPA products, will be utilized on the campus in accordance with the university’s sanitization plan.

Sanitization of personal office spaces and high touch surfaces inside offices should be performed twice daily (in the morning and before lunch) by each office occupant. This includes, for example, desks, computer keyboard, staplers and surfaces on the desk, light switch, door knob, copier machine, phone, and cell phone. If you need cleaning supplies, request them from your supervisor or the Purchasing Department.  Students and employees are encouraged to maintain their own supply of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for personal use.  If anyone has difficulty locating wipes or sanitizer for purchase, he or she should contact the Samford Shop or Purchasing Department.

Reservations and assigned seating may be required in some spaces on campus to aid sanitization and contact tracing, and to minimize use of high touch surfaces.

Social Distancing
Updated 6/29/2020

Samford University is following CDC guidelines related to social and physical distancing.

Social distancing must be observed in, among other locations, classrooms, labs, large gathering areas, food venues, event venues, athletic venues, gathering spaces, restrooms and conference rooms.

Samford’s social distancing may also include alternate pedestrian traffic flow plans and limiting capacity in university facilities using a standard of six feet per person to calculate space capacity. Furniture and space configurations will be considered and diagrams and maximum capacities will be posted in each classroom. The university shall strive for six feet per person, recognizing that such distancing will not be achievable in all classrooms and venues.

Return to Work

How can I confirm that I’ve completed the requirements to return to campus?
Updated 8/18/2020

The university has created a site where employees may log in to confirm receipt of their COVID-19 test results and the completed Return to Campus Guide Acknowledgement.

Can I rearrange the furniture in classrooms and meeting spaces to accommodate my needs?
Updated 8/13/2020

No, chairs and other furniture have been carefully spaced in many areas of campus to allow for social distancing. Examples include the food court, Caf, classrooms, etc. Given this, please do not move tables and chairs. If they must be moved you must allow for social distancing and return them to their original placement before leaving the room.

How do I request COVID-19 health and safety signage for my area?
Updated 8/13/2020

The Facilities Management and Creative Services offices are collaborating to ensure that all internal and external spaces on campus are fully equipped with COVID-19-related signage. Please do not make your own signs. If you have needs for your area, please contact Sarah Howard or Jeff Poleshek with your request.

Requirements for Returning to Campus
Updated 7/30/2020

Before you return to campus it is important that you accomplish each of the following:

  • Read “Bring Back the Bulldogs: A Guide for Returning to Campus”. All employees (including employees that have previously completed other assigned training and assessments) must acknowledge receipt of the Guide, read the Guide and agree to comply with the practices contained in the Guide. The signed Acknowledgement is required before an employee may return to campus. All employees must complete the acknowledgement by August 17, 2020.
  • Covid-19 testing will be required of all employees (and students) prior to the August 17th full return to campus.  Additional information related to employee testing requirements will be shared with employees soon.
  • Complete the individual and position risk assessment questionnaire (this was sent by email to all employees in June; in case of questions inquire with Human Resources).
  • Commit to not come to work if you are ill, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are exposed to someone who has known or suspected COVID-19 disease or exposure.
    • If you develop symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must immediately email COVID19health@samford.edu and self-isolate or quarantine for up to 14 days per university and CDC guidelines.
  • Commit to wear, care for and replace all personal protection equipment (PPE) that is required for your job function (e.g. masks, gloves).
  • Discuss with your supervisor your workspace and schedule, and the potential for alternate spaces and schedules.
  • Commit to maintaining a clean workspace (e.g. desk, equipment, phone and tools) and sanitize the work area at least twice daily (in the morning and before lunch). If you need supplies, request them from your supervisor or the Purchasing Department.
Safety Measures
Updated 7/23/2020

The following employee related engineering controls will be implemented across the campus for fall 2020.

  1. HVAC chilled water coils disinfected and drain pans treated
  2. Replaced HVAC Air filters
  3. Increased the outside air flow to 100% inside buildings
  4. Treated and tested water for bacteria
  5. Water fountains disabled
  6. Sanitization of high touch surfaces based on CDC requirements, including use of electrostatic sprayers
  7. COVID-19 signage is being posted throughout campus
  8. Traffic flow, such as one-way hallways and queue management will be implemented across campus
  9. Social distancing will be implemented across campus, as feasible, including in offices where desks are shared or co-located
  10. Proper isolation and quarantine procedures will be required
  11. Plexiglass and/or sneeze guards will be installed in high traffic/high transaction locations
  12. Hand sanitizer will be installed at every building entrance
  13. PPE will be provided, as required for job functions, and face coverings will be required in all public spaces (not in individual cars, private offices, or private residence hall rooms)

Risk Assessment

Samford Risk Assessment Tool
Updated 7/22/2020

Samford uses a risk assessment tool and survey to define vulnerable populations and categorize employee and job risks and locations as either (1) Very High, (2) High, (3) Moderate, or (4) Lower Risk.

Every employee should complete the survey and self-identify risk factors that are included within the vulnerable population. This includes personal medical conditions and persons who serve as a primary caregiver for someone else who qualifies for the vulnerable population category. Employees may request a personal discussion with a confidential Human Resources (HR) representative who will not disclose this employee information except for purposes of offering reasonable accommodations.

Accommodations can be requested by those who are in the CDC vulnerable population classification and/or who are primary caregivers for vulnerable populations. Human Resources will work closely with employees and supervisors to consider reasonable options in alignment with the essential functions of their job.

HR will work closely with these employees to define appropriate options for them to perform the essential functions of their job.

The ability to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job applies to all employees, including all higher risk employees. Examples of reasonable accommodations include telework, workplace adjustments, leave and adjusted schedules.

Supervisors may request that Human Resources help them define appropriate administrative controls for employees who self-identify as a vulnerable population. This interactive process is intended to identify a reasonable accommodation that does not constitute an undue hardship to the university.

Testing

Is participation required in the sentinel testing program?
Updated 9/3/2020

Yes, participation in the sentinel testing program is mandatory. Sentinel testing is an important component of the university’s plan to have students and employees on campus this fall. This testing allows us to identify increases in infection rates and promptly respond.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Updated 9/3/2020

E-mail covid19health@samford.edu if you have questions about sentinel testing. General information is available on the GuideSafe website.

How will I be notified if I am randomly selected?
Updated 9/3/2020
  • Samford employees and students will receive an email from Healthy@Verily.com asking you to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 random sentinel testing.
  • If you receive this e-mail, please promptly click on the link provided to log into your Verily account and complete the pre-test symptoms screen and select an appointment time from the options listed.
Is there a cost associated with sentinel testing?
Updated 9/3/2020

No, sentinel testing is provided through GuideSafe supported by CARES Act funding through the State of Alabama.

Is anyone excluded from sentinel testing?
Updated 9/3/2020

Yes, the following individuals are excluded from sentinel testing:

  • Students enrolled in a fully online program who will not be on campus at any time during the fall semester
  • Employees who will not be on campus for the fall semester
  • Students or employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 12 weeks
  • Students and employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
If I have been chosen for sentinel testing, can I continue to be on campus while waiting for results?
Updated 9/3/2020

Yes. You can continue to be on campus as long as you are without COVID-19 symptoms.

When does sentinel testing start?
Updated 9/3/2020

Samford will begin sentinel testing the week of September 7.

What is sentinel testing?
Updated 9/3/2020

Sentinel testing is COVID-19 testing program that tests a random sample of individuals within our Samford community (faculty, staff and students) to monitor campus prevalence. This data will help us understand the underlying prevalence of COVID-19 within our campus community and will allow us to promptly respond to changes in infection rates on campus.

Can I be tested by another health care provider?
Updated 8/5/2020

Yes, you may be tested by another health care provider. However, the test must be a PCR test and you will be responsible for the cost of the test. In order to return to campus, you must submit your results to covid19health@samford.edu.

Will the test hurt?
Updated 8/5/2020

No.  The test consists of a self-swab just inside the nose that is painless.

What do I do if I test positive, but do not show symptoms?
Updated 8/5/2020

If you are not showing symptoms but test positive, self-isolate for 14 days to help protect others in the community.

I have already been tested for COVID-19. Do I need to participate in Samford’s re-entry testing?
Updated 8/5/2020

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not re-test at this time. Instead, please provide Covid19health@samford.edu documentation of your positive test in order to affirm necessary time has passed for returning to campus.

If you have not received a positive diagnosis within the past 12 weeks, you are required to participate in Samford’s re-entry testing.

I am teaching online and will not be returning to campus this fall. Am I required to participate in testing?
Updated 8/5/2020

Yes, all employees are required to participate in re-entry testing.

Who do I contact with questions about employee testing?
Updated 8/5/2020

In case of questions or concerns, contact Human Resources at HR@samford.edu

What is the process for employee testing?
Updated 8/5/2020

Once you have your kit, you will register it online and then follow the included step-by-step instructions for properly collecting and returning your sample. This short instructional video describes the process you will follow. Your test sample will be collected at home using a short nasal swab. It is important to note that your test sample must be returned to a UPS dropbox on the same day as sample collection. A prepaid shipping label will be included in your kit. All testing must be completed and mailed in via UPS to Everlywell no later than Wednesday, August 12.

Your results will be available online 24-48 hours after the test sample arrives at the lab. Results are automatically reported to the appropriate state and local agencies and to Human Resources. Those who test negative will be permitted to return to campus. Those who test positive must isolate 10 days from the date of the positive test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to campus.

Am I required to participate in re-entry testing?
Updated 8/5/2020

Yes. All employees are required to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 prior to August 17.  Those who test negative will be permitted to return as scheduled. Those who test positive must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to campus.

How will I receive my test?
Updated 8/5/2020

Employees will utilize the Everlywell home collection molecular PCR test. All employees have been designated a time to come to campus to pick up a test kit; please refer to the e-mail from Human Resources on August 3 for the pickup schedule. Testing kits must be picked up at the Academy of the Arts according to the schedule. You will need your employee ID to confirm identity and you must retrieve your test in person. Faculty who are out of town through August 11 should e-mail their mailing address to Senior Associate Provost Howard Finch to have a test kit mailed to you.  All testing must be completed and mailed in via UPS to Everlywell no later than Wednesday, August 12.

How will I get my results?
Updated 8/5/2020

You will receive your results online 24-48 hours after the test sample arrives at the lab. Results are automatically reported to the appropriate state and local agencies and to Human Resources.

I currently am exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, should I take this test?
Updated 8/5/2020

Everlywell has indicated anyone currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be eligible for testing through their program. Your fellow employees at the pick-up site are not equipped with the same level of PPE and safeguards as an official COVID-19 test site. Therefore, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health care provider immediately and do not risk exposure of a fellow employee by going to the home test pick-up site.

Do I have to pay for the test?
Updated 8/5/2020

No. Testing is paid for by the university.

What do I tell my friends and family if I test positive?
Updated 8/5/2020

Those who receive a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 should let family and friends who you have come in contact with know. Identify someone who can care for you through monitoring and for provision of nourishment, while keeping their distance. Those with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will need to isolate for 14 days to prevent spread of the virus. Best practices in isolation include: 

  • Use a separate bathroom and bedroom
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Travel

International Travel
Updated 10/1/2020

All university-sponsored international student programs and travel are canceled through April 2021.

For your personal well-being and in consideration of the health of others in the campus community, students and employees are strongly encouraged to refrain from personal travel outside of the United States throughout the Fall semester.

Following recently updated CDC Guidance regarding travel, students and employees arriving to the United States from international travel are no longer required to self-isolate/quarantine for 14-days after arrival to the U.S. However, all Samford employees and students are encouraged to follow normal preventative steps including social distancing, masking, and handwashing and monitor their health upon returning from international travel.

University-Sponsored Travel
Updated 6/29/2020

Only essential business travel will be permitted and funded for Samford employees during Fall 2020. All university-sponsored study and travel abroad is canceled for Fall 2020.

The plan to Bring Back the Bulldogs is continually evolving, and some of our planning may change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you return to this website often, in the event that pertinent updates have been communicated.