Academics

Library Access
Updated 1/8/2021

Samford University Library is open only for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Visitors and community users are not permitted in the library through the end of the spring semester, May 11, 2021.

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

Are visitors allowed on campus?
Updated 2/2/2021

Until further notice, unless attending a) a Samford-sponsored event; or, b) a pre-scheduled appointment with a Samford employee for the purpose of conducting University business, visitors are not allowed on campus. Exceptions include family members assisting with move-in or move-out of a residential hall (subject to guidance from Residence Life), prospective students registered for campus tours or recruitment events, and approved vendors.

Am I required to wear a face covering?
Updated 2/2/2021

Yes. Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus including classrooms, libraries, event venues, public or shared restrooms and dining facilities. Face coverings must be worn even if alone in these non-private spaces.  Face coverings also are required in outdoor spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible, including parking lots, on sidewalks, in building entrances, and other areas where individuals are likely to pass in close proximity.  Face coverings may be removed while actively eating or drinking while stationary and physically distanced.   

Face coverings are critical in minimizing COVID-19 risks to you and those near you. Masks and cloth face coverings are not substitutes for social distancing. The CDC provides specific guidance for using effective face coverings to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  The CDC recommends use of masks that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover the nose and mouth; and fit snugly against the sides of the face without any gaps.

Athletic Events
Updated 1/5/2021

The Southern Conference announced that all fall league competition was postponed until the spring of 2021 due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

The Bulldogs have resumed public athletic events with limited seating and in compliance with pandemic protocols. Schedules for all athletic games are available at samfordsports.com.

Can I host an event or meeting on campus?
Updated 1/26/2021

In order to mitigate COVID-19 related risks, non-Samford sponsored events are not being scheduled at this time. All internal events must be limited to group sizes compliant with the COVID-19 adjusted capacity of the venue, and face coverings and social distancing are required. When feasible, events should be held virtually using the previously mentioned collaboration tools. In-person gatherings will be limited in accordance with applicable local, state and federal requirements and should not exceed the established social distancing maximum occupancy, with individuals maintaining 6 feet of separation.

Anyone wishing to submit an event or reserve a space for more than 50 persons will follow our normal procedure by registering with Bulldog Central. As part of this process, organizers will agree to post signage and make an announcement promoting safe practices. An additional approval from the appropriate university vice president will also be required. The Bulldogs have resumed public athletic events on campus with limited seating and in compliance with pandemic protocols. Schedules for all athletic games are available at samfordsports.com.

If I receive the COVID-19 vaccination, will I still need to wear a mask and stay six feet away from others?
Updated 2/2/2021

Yes, all campus members will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distance when on campus this spring, regardless of whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is Samford hosting prospective students on campus for tours and events?
Updated 2/19/2021

The best way to experience the Samford spirit is to meet our people and walk our campus; however, we know that COVID-19 has impacted us all differently. Browse our visit options at samford.edu/visit for your opportunities to meet Samford, both virtually and in person, and when you feel comfortable, we'll see you on campus soon.

For current undergraduate applicants and admitted undergraduate students, we have a special opportunity to experience Samford. Beginning February 5, Choose Samford is your opportunity to spend time on campus, meet your future classmates and get an in-depth look at academics at Samford. Take a look at our tentative schedule to start planning today.

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.