Academics

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.

Athletics and Events

Can I come on campus to take photos or videos?
Updated 7/23/2020

At this time, visitors are not allowed to visit campus for this or any other purpose. Until further notice, only those assisting with residential move-in day, prospective students registered for campus tours through the Office of Admission and approved vendors will be granted access to campus.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
Updated 7/23/2020

Until further notice, visitors are not allowed on campus. Exceptions include those assisting with residential move-in day, prospective students registered for campus tours through the Office of Admission and approved vendors.

Will you host Homecoming?
Updated 7/21/2020

We always look forward to hosting families, alumni and friends on our campus. However, it is still too soon to know if Homecoming will occur this Fall. Please check back here regularly for any updates.

Will you host Preview Day?
Updated 7/17/2020

Our goal is to host on campus Preview Days in the fall. Details, schedule, and dates will be released and communicated to prospective students and parents in August.

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.

Commencement for May 2020 Graduates
Updated 7/14/2020

In place of the in-person ceremonies in August, the university will host virtual commencement ceremonies for each of the 10 academic schools. These events will involve all of the academic deans, the originally scheduled speakers and the traditional presentation of university-wide awards. The university will be sending all graduates a virtual invitation and program so that you may invite family and friends to join in these celebrations. The university will soon announce the schedule for each ceremony and a recording will be available on our commencement website following each event. In addition, for students who ordered but have not received their regalia, the university soon will mail your cap, gown and hood (for graduate students). Please plan to join us for these virtual events. Additional details are provided in the email sent to all May graduates on July 13.

Commencement for December 2020 Graduates
Updated 7/14/2020

Plans to recognize December 2020 graduates will be finalized in early Fall based on an assessment of operations and the health outlook at that time.

Athletic Events
Updated 7/1/2020

Samford plans to resume intercollegiate athletics pursuant to CDC, NCAA, and Southern Conference guidelines and applicable university policies and protocols in order to mitigate COVID-19 related risks. 

The NCAA has published a plan for collegiate sports which provides for phased implementation and core principles that athletic departments must consider in developing operational plans. More information will be provided as the Fall athletics season approaches.

All attendees at Samford athletic events are required to wear masks and practice social distancing in accordance with CDC, NCAA, and Southern Conference guidelines and applicable University policies. All athletic venues have been properly socially distanced, and available seating options are properly marked. Uniformed ushers will be available to assist those in attendance to their seats.

Season and individual game tickets to Samford athletic events will go on sale on August 1, 2020. All ticket packages and plans will be general admission, but fans will have a limited opportunity to purchase tickets in their section of choice.

External Events
Updated 7/1/2020

In order to mitigate COVID-19 related risks, external events, except previously contracted weddings, are not being scheduled, at this time.

Health

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.

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.

Residence Life

Visitors in Residence Halls
Updated 6/30/2020

There will be no visitors in residence halls. Individuals who do not live in that residence hall will not be granted entry to the building. In order to maximize social distancing, visitation in private rooms is also prohibited.

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.