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
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.
The safety and well-being of graduates, guests, faculty and staff is our utmost priority. Out of an abundance of caution and consistent with public health guidance, December commencement will be postponed until May 2021. Degrees for December graduates will be conferred as scheduled on December 12, 2020.
The Office of the Registrar will communicate directly with graduates about regalia and diploma ordering. These items will be shipped directly to graduates.
December graduates will receive additional information in the Spring about plans for May commencement. It is the university’s intent to celebrate and honor the achievements of the class of December 2020, just a few months later than originally planned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samford Athletics has created a comprehensive guide for student athletes. It is available here.
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.
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.
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.