Course Delivery Methods

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W or WB (Web-based):
This is a fully developed web-based course with content delivered both synchronously and asynchronously.
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R (Remote):
This course has content delivered remotely during the class times due to COVID-19. Faculty will interact with students with a variety of methods to facilitate learning.
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H (Hybrid):
This course will be delivered following a hybrid model with some instruction provided in a face-to-face environment and some provided through web-based or remote means.
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No Letter in Section Number (Face to Face):
This course will be delivered face to face in a room approved to provide the capacity needed for all students with COVID-19 safety precautions including social distancing.
Samford courses will be taught utilizing a variety of instructional methods. Most courses have at least some face to face component interaction and it’s important that you review your schedule and talk with your faculty to understand how each of your courses will be delivered.

Academics

Will there be an in-person spring commencement ceremony?
Updated 2/24/2021

The university plans to host in-person commencement ceremonies for spring 2021 graduates.  There also will be a celebration of spring and summer 2020 graduates to be held on campus in Seibert Stadium at 10 a.m. on April 24. 

The spring 2021 commencement schedule is as follows:

    • Friday, April 23, CHS graduate students, Siebert Stadium, 10:00 am
    • Friday, May 7, CHS undergraduate students, Siebert Stadium, 10:00 am
    • Saturday, May 8, Siebert Stadium, 10:00 am – graduates and undergraduates of:
      • Howard College of Arts and Sciences
      • Brock School of Business
      • Orlean Beeson School of Education
      • School of the Arts

Gates will open one hour before each ceremony. Ceremonies will be outside rain or shine, unless there are unsafe weather conditions.  Due to event and social distancing protocols, there will be follow-up communication shared with graduates, including the number of guests for each graduate.

Plans for ceremonies for Beeson Divinity and Cumberland School of Law are underway and details will be shared soon.

Academic Calendar
Updated 1/8/2021

January 4, 2021 will be the first day of classes for Jan term and January 25, 2021 marks the beginning of the spring semester. The calendars for the university’s various graduate programs are available at samford.edu/events/academic-calendar.

All on-campus instruction will end on April 29, 2021. Spring commencement ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for May 7-8, 2021. Graduate students will hear directly from their academic dean or program director regarding the end of the term for their respective programs.

In an effort to minimize travel and possible transmission of the virus, Spring Break 2021 will not be observed as a holiday, allowing for an earlier conclusion of the spring semester. As usual, Samford will observe Easter Holiday on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Where can I get assistance on general academic concerns like selecting or declaring a major or if I have an academic question and do not know who to contact?
Updated 1/12/2021

The Academic Success Center continues to work both in person and virtually with students to provide support and assistance to all students during their time at Samford. Please contact the office at success@samford.edu.

Do students receive accommodations in online courses?
Updated 1/8/2021

Yes. Students who are registered with Disability Resources (DR) continue to receive accommodations in online formats. If students need additional accommodations due to the different format or students have not registered with DR in the past, they should review the procedure on the Disability Resources webpage.

Are there Assistive Technology tools available for taking online courses?
Updated 1/8/2021

Yes. View a list of suggestions for Assistive Technology tools in Resources section of the Disability Resources website.

If I become sick or must quarantine, how will I attend classes this semester?
Updated 1/12/2021

We understand the challenges associated with COVID-19 and are preparing to provide courses using an array of virtual modalities. If students are unable to attend class in person due to illness or quarantine, they should communicate with their instructor to arrange for remote options.  Students should review their syllabus and other information provided by faculty at the start of the term to understand the procedure for each course.

Classroom Protocols
Updated 1/8/2021

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.

Internships, Clinical Instruction, Off-Campus Instruction and Experiential Learning
Updated 1/8/2021

Our primary goal is always the safety and well-being of our students. With this in mind, the level of risk will determine whether students go to external training sites. Utilizing shared guidelines, each school will determine individual approaches in consultation with the Provost.

These experiences will be evaluated based on whether or not sites/agencies are accepting students and the overall level of risk associated with the site. Generally, high-risk placements will be avoided and will only be considered based on availability of proper personal protective equipment (PPE), expected interactions associated with student placement and a student-based risk assessment.

Students who are permitted to go to sites must follow CDC and relevant health department regulations as well as site-specific safety measures including personal protective equipment. If a scheduled placement does not occur, the school will reschedule the placement or provide a comparable experience consistent with accreditation requirements.

Students may “opt-out” of upcoming placements with no academic penalty (i.e., no grade reduction); if a student chooses to opt-out of an assigned placement, the school/college will inform him/her in writing that this change may affect academic status, financial aid, and/or planned training schedule, and it may delay graduation, licensure, and/or job placement.

Students have a responsibility to self-report “known exposure” or “positive PCR testing” to their immediate university clinical/experiential supervisor. Students also have a responsibility to follow COVID-19 self-reporting guidelines defined by the university.

Will courses taught this spring still include in-person teaching?
Updated 1/27/2021

Yes, with the exception of online degree programs, most courses across undergraduate and graduate programs will include in-person learning this spring. 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. Faculty will provide students specific information about the format and schedules for instruction.

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Is Disability Resources staff still available for faculty and student questions and concerns?
Updated 1/12/2021

Yes. Staff continue to hold in person and virtual meetings, receive and review documentation and conduct intake interviews with students. They can be reached at disability@samford.edu.

What circumstances could prompt the university to discontinue residential life and transition to online learning for the semester?
Updated 1/8/2021

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.

How are Samford faculty preparing to utilize various forms of instruction for the spring semester?
Updated 1/8/2021

Samford faculty utilize a variety of resources in preparation for each semester. Whether instruction takes place on-campus, online, or using a hybrid model, Samford faculty receive personalized support through the university’s Faculty Success Collaborative. Learn more about resources available to faculty.

I am in the high risk category for COVID-19. Can I take all of my classes online?
Updated 1/8/2021

Students with disabilities which fall into the vulnerable populations for COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, should consult the Disability Resources website. Students (or their households) with other health issues which place them at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should complete the COVID-19 Academic Adjustment Request Form for January or Spring 2021 term.

With remote, web-based or hybrid classes, how are students receiving instruction to match the course credit hours?
Updated 1/8/2021

While traditional face-to-face courses measure credit hours via “seat time” (i.e. time a student spends in a classroom receiving faculty instruction or assessment), an equivalent amount of work is required in courses where the physical classroom is not the exclusive mode of instruction. Examples include web-based and hybrid courses, laboratories, independent study, internships, clinical practice and studio work. Credit is awarded in these courses based on documented learning objectives, expected learning outcomes and student workload expectations. In practice, students may receive additional synchronous or asynchronous faculty instruction, reading assignments, discussion boards, assessments, exercises, instructional videos from outside sources or other instructional tools. All such instruction is designed for students to achieve the documented student learning outcomes for the course.

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.

How many of my classes will be online this spring?
Updated 1/12/2021

Samford will be delivering classes in several different modalities. Those include face to face, remote, web-based, and hybrid. Most of our courses will involve some degree of face-to-face instruction. Students may check the delivery method of their courses in Banner and communicate with their faculty for specifics.

Study Abroad
Updated 3/5/2021

All university-sponsored international student programs and travel are canceled through August 6, 2021. The university will resume international student programs for the Fall 2021 term, including the semester program at the Daniel House in London. 

Admission

I am considering attending Samford University. Where can I find more information regarding COVID-19 and the admission process?
Updated 11/19/2020

Details for admitted and prospective students, parents, transfer students and counselors are available on the Admission webpage.

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.

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.

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.

Finance

The spring 2021 term is ending one week earlier than originally planned with the final day of living in university housing being May 6, 2021. What effect will that have on my room and board charges for the semester?
Updated 1/6/2021

Prior to beginning the fall 2020 term, Samford reduced fall 2020 room and board rates to be the same as the approved rates for the 2019-2020 term. In essence, there was no increase in room and board rates from last year to this past fall. The same will be true for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year. This will include Jan term, spring, and summer 2021.

Am I allowed to take a gap year, and how may this affect my scholarship or financial aid?
Updated 1/6/2021

Students are allowed to take a gap term/year, but each individual situation is unique in terms of how it affects scholarships, financial aid and plans of study. Current students should contact the Samford One Stop for additional information. Entering freshmen and transfer students (planning to begin in spring 2021) should contact their admission counselor.

If I want to speak with someone specifically about my student account, whom should I contact?
Updated 7/23/2020

Although the Samford One Stop is physically closed, your adviser and other team members are available to assist you over email and phone. You may call 205-726-2905 and leave a voicemail with your contact information. Those messages are being checked throughout the day, Monday through Friday. If you prefer email, we recommend sending an email to OneStop@samford.edu and let them know if you would like a return call. Provide your contact information and you will receive a call back. Otherwise, your adviser or a member of the Samford One Stop team will email you a response.

I was enrolled and living in university housing at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, but did not return in the fall. I am returning this spring. Will my room and board credit from spring 2020 apply towards spring 2021 charges?
Updated 1/6/2021

Your room and board credit from Spring 2020 will reduce your tuition and fees the next time they are charged. If you have questions about your account, please contact the Samford One Stop at 205.726.2905 or OneStop@samford.edu.

Is support available for students who cannot cover basic expenses like rent, utilities or groceries?
Updated 7/1/2020

Yes! The Student Emergency Assistance Fund exists to help students with these types of needs.  Apply Online

Food Service

Food Service Protocols
Updated 1/5/2021

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 Spring 2021 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.
  • 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.
What will Samford Dining look like this spring?
Updated 1/5/2021

Samford Dining will provide a range of new dining options on campus this spring as we continue to work with students to meet their needs. This includes more outdoor seating, food trucks, more grab-and-go prepackaged options, online ordering, new locations that will accept students’ card swipes. The Caf will remain open with many new options including a rotisserie.

Are reservations required in the Caf?
Updated 1/5/2021

All students and employees can dine in the Caf on a first come, first served basis; reservations are not required.

Menus and Food Distribution
Updated 1/5/2021
  • 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, concession areas and catering.
  • Utensils, plates, cups and condiments will be single-use and disposable.
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.

Can I place an order online and pick-up my food?
Updated 1/5/2021

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 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.

Health

Will Samford University require COVID-19 vaccinations of employees or students?
Updated 4/8/2021

At the present time, Samford does not require COVID-19 vaccinations of its students or employees. The University, upon consultation with one’s personal healthcare provider, does strongly support and encourage vaccination. We are pleased to note that as of April 5, full-time employees reported an 86% vaccination rate with 74% of those having been facilitated by Samford.

Vaccination may be required as part of clinical rotations in the College of Health Sciences in order for students to complete program requirements.

The university will continue to closely monitor the situation and base decisions on a wide body of research, the recommendations of healthcare professionals, state and local public health requirements, and holistic consideration of the physical, emotional, social and intellectual well-being of our students and employees. As we continue to develop working knowledge of SARS CoV-2 vaccines in practice, we reserve the right to modify our policies as circumstances warrant.

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.

Will Samford offer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees and students?
Updated 2/23/2021

Samford University has secured COVID-19 vaccinations through a partnership with University of Alabama at Birmingham. All active full-time and part-time Samford employees are eligible to receive the Pfizer SARS CoV-2 vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Employees will receive an email invitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with details. Vaccination appointments will be subsequently scheduled subject to UAB's vaccine supply.

In appropriate consultation with your health professional, Samford encourages all employees to vaccinate against COVID-19. We would like to thank our friends at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for working with us to make this opportunity possible. If you have questions, contact covid19employees@samford.edu.

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.

Will health services be available on campus this spring?
Updated 2/19/2021

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 one of St. Vincent's testing clinics.

University Health Services will not facilitate COVID-19 testing required for returning to campus. If you have questions about return to campus testing, students should contact Covid19health@samford.edu and employees should contact Covid19employees@samford.edu.

What to do if you are sick (Rapid Identification Protocols)
Updated 2/23/2021

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 one of St. Vincent's testing clinics.

All students and employees shall immediately report confirmed cases of COVID-19 and/or exposure to someone with (i) COVID-19 symptoms or (ii) confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The report shall be made within two hours of first obtaining any of the foregoing information. Students should contact Covid19health@samford.edu and employees should contact Covid19employees@samford.edu.

Quarantine and Isolation
Updated 1/8/2021

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 10 days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to campus.
  • Students, employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors residing in a dwelling with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether there has been close contact, must quarantine for 10 days following last exposure and carefully monitor for symptoms for another four days thereafter.
  • Students, employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors who have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual (or individuals) for more than 15 minutes cumulatively within a 24-hour period.
  • Individuals in quarantine shall self-monitor their symptom development (check temperature twice daily) and keep a record of the results.
  • Anyone exposed to a person with COVID-19 shall quarantine at their home if possible. Samford will have limited quarantine and isolation space on campus for residential students while they make plans to return home. Quarantine requires that a person remain exclusively in the assigned space for 10 days, except to attend medical appointment or get food.
  • 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 who are isolating or quarantined on Samford’s campus or in facilities assigned by Samford.
  • Assistance for loss of resiliency, stress, and depression is particularly important. As part of its case management protocol, Samford will seek to inform diagnosed individuals of accessible and confidential support services available through web-based, mobile and other traditional modalities.
Quarantine vs. Isolation
Updated 2/23/2021

The university’s spring protocols for contact tracing, quarantining and isolation can be viewed here.

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.

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 1/8/2021

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.

Quarantine and Self-isolation for Residential Students
Updated 2/23/2021

The university’s spring protocols for contact tracing, quarantining and isolation can be viewed here.

Students with confirmed COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to campus.

Students residing in a dwelling with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether there has been close contact, must quarantine for 10 days following last exposure and carefully monitor for symptoms for another four days thereafter. Students who have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual (or individuals) for more than 15 minutes cumulatively within a 24-hour period. Individuals in quarantine shall self-monitor their symptom development (check temperature twice daily) and keep a record of the results.

Samford will have limited quarantine and isolation space on campus for residential students while they make plans to return home.

If permissible by the Jefferson County Department of Public Health, students should return to their homes to isolate or quarantine. Campus housing charges will not be refundable for students who leave campus to quarantine or isolate at home.

The university may require students identified by the Jefferson County Department of Health or appropriate agency as a contact to a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as healthy students sharing spaces with those confirmed or exposed, to relocate to a different housing location for an indeterminate amount of time. This location may be on or off campus.

Samford may close a portion or the entirety of a residence hall if the incident(s) of COVID-19 in the facility is classified as moderate or substantial spread or if deemed necessary by the university or the Jefferson County Department of Health.

Samford will endeavor to provide for the needs of students who must quarantine or isolate on campus, including food, wellness checks and mental health support.

Residence Life

Masks in Residence Halls
Updated 6/30/2020

Face coverings are required throughout all residence halls, except when a student is in his or her own room or apartment.

Quarantine and Self-isolation for Residential Students
Updated 2/23/2021

The university’s spring protocols for contact tracing, quarantining and isolation can be viewed here.

Students with confirmed COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to campus.

Students residing in a dwelling with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether there has been close contact, must quarantine for 10 days following last exposure and carefully monitor for symptoms for another four days thereafter. Students who have been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual (or individuals) for more than 15 minutes cumulatively within a 24-hour period. Individuals in quarantine shall self-monitor their symptom development (check temperature twice daily) and keep a record of the results.

Samford will have limited quarantine and isolation space on campus for residential students while they make plans to return home.

If permissible by the Jefferson County Department of Public Health, students should return to their homes to isolate or quarantine. Campus housing charges will not be refundable for students who leave campus to quarantine or isolate at home.

The university may require students identified by the Jefferson County Department of Health or appropriate agency as a contact to a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as healthy students sharing spaces with those confirmed or exposed, to relocate to a different housing location for an indeterminate amount of time. This location may be on or off campus.

Samford may close a portion or the entirety of a residence hall if the incident(s) of COVID-19 in the facility is classified as moderate or substantial spread or if deemed necessary by the university or the Jefferson County Department of Health.

Samford will endeavor to provide for the needs of students who must quarantine or isolate on campus, including food, wellness checks and mental health support.

COVID-19 Protocols for Residence Life
Updated 3/22/2021

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Residence Life is implementing the following practices:

  • Extended schedules for move-ins and move-outs to minimize populations and proximities in hallways and stairwells.
  • Triple occupancy will not be allowed. Double occupancy of some rooms may be reduced to single occupancy.
  • Social distancing will be required in all common spaces in residence halls, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells and other shared restrooms. Shared spaces that cannot accommodate social distancing will be closed or have maximum occupancies.
  • Only students who live on-campus in a residence hall will be admitted to  any residence hall facility. Students/guests living off-campus are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Residents living in on-campus housing may visit students living in residence hall rooms other than their own during designated times.
  • For contact tracing purposes, students must register guests and receive a pass (regardless of gender) in the Residence Life Office for his/her area of campus.  Residence Life Office locations are below:
    • Beeson Woods - Evergreen Hall
    • Central Campus - Third Floor Vail Hall
    • West Campus - Mountainview Hall
    • West Village - Building 300
  • Visitation times for on-campus residents not living in the same residence hall are:
    • Sunday-Thursday - 12 p.m. (noon) until 10 p.m.
    • Friday-Saturday - 12 p.m. (noon) until 12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Face coverings are required throughout all residence halls, except when a student is in his or her assigned room or apartment.
  • Each resident may have one guest in the room (maximum of 4 people in the room).
  • The door to the room should remain open at all times during visitation to promote air circulation.  When possible, students should open windows as well. 
  • Windows and doors should be opened daily to allow fresh air in buildings where possible.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all residents when guests are in the room.
  • Lobby/Chapter Room occupancy should not exceed posted limits and face coverings must be worn at all times in these areas.
  • Temperature checks may be required.
  • Ice machines and water fountains without touchless fill stations will be turned off.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to obtain an influenza vaccination.

Non-compliance with residence hall COVID-19 protocols and practices will result in disciplinary action.

Throughout the spring semester, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and exposures on-campus and will make changes to the visitation guidelines as appropriate.  

Sanitization in the Residence Halls
Updated 1/6/2021

Sanitization of residence halls will be performed according to CDC guidelines and university standards. High touch surfaces in common areas such as doorknobs, handrails and elevator buttons in common areas will be cleaned daily.

Students should clean their personal spaces and items daily, with particular attention given to high touch items such as light switches, cell phones, door knobs, furniture handles, and bathroom sinks, toilets and bathing areas.

Services

How can students that are struggling academically or personally get connected to support resources?
Updated 6/27/2020

Simply reach out to the CARE Team. Email samfordcares@samford.edu, call 205-726-2083 or complete the online CARE form.

Are counseling services available to students?
Updated 6/27/2020

Yes, the counseling staff is available to students. If you have questions or need to speak with a counselor, you may contact the staff at counseling@samford.edu or 205-726-4083. Please note that virtual access to certain services may be restricted by state regulations.

Will health services be available on campus this Fall?
Updated 7/14/2020

University Health services will be available by appointment only for students and employees from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning August 10. 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.

IMPORTANT - 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, please DO NOT visit the clinic without first calling for an assessment and instructions.

Is support available for students who cannot cover basic expenses like rent, utilities or groceries?
Updated 7/1/2020

Yes! The Student Emergency Assistance Fund exists to help students with these types of needs.  Apply Online

Student Life

What will student activities look like on campus this spring semester?
Updated 1/7/2021

We are planning now to provide you with campus recreation, convocations, student activities and events that are such a central part of the Samford experience. While many of these events will be virtual, there also will be many smaller events and small group opportunities to connect with friends and form new relationships.

Fortunately, given the weather in Birmingham, you will have many opportunities to spend time outdoors, where you can spread out and enjoy the fresh air. The university has installed tents around campus for this purpose, and we will encourage you to meet, eat, work, and study outdoors.

Campus Worship/Convocation
Updated 1/7/2021

For the spring semester, we will host virtual campus worship experiences to bring students together around worship and meaningful messages from scripture. We will continue to offer other smaller events and small group opportunities for convocation credit as well.

What are the plans for Home Groups/Small Groups?
Updated 1/7/2021

Samford Small Groups were formed last fall and will continue to meet in person throughout the spring semester. Registration is ongoing and students can join a discussion group on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night on campus. Groups are led by upperclass students and discussions center around a video curriculum created by the Spiritual Life staff.

Will I be able to participate in campus sport intramural teams this spring semester?
Updated 2/19/2021

At this time, intramurals are scheduled for the spring semester.  Participants will be required to abide by health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. Spectators will not be permitted at intramural events in the spring semester. Any changes to the intramural schedule will be updated on the Campus Recreation website.

What other fitness and exercise facilities will be available this spring?
Updated 1/7/2021

Fitness Center 

The Fitness Center will be open for students to use this spring. Due to social distancing guidelines, the fitness machines have been spaced apart, and a limited number of students will be permitted in the Fitness Center at a given time.

Seibert Gym/Bashinksy Fieldhouse Facilities

Recreation spaces in these buildings will be open for students to use this spring. These areas include gyms, racquetball courts, the swimming pool, the Cage, the Loft, and the cardio area. Due to social distancing guidelines, a limited number of students will be permitted in these areas at a given time.

Aerobic Classes

A variety of aerobic classes will be offer to students in the spring semester. Some class options include Zumba, core barre, pound, yoga, and spin. Class sizes will be limited due to the size of the room and social distancing guidelines.

What are the plans for Greek Recruitment?
Updated 2/19/2021

Samford University and the Office of Greek Life are committed to providing incoming and interested students with a quality process for cultivating connection and forming relationships through Greek organizations. Interested students can visit www.samford.edu/greeklife to learn more about which joining process is a best fit.

College Panhellenic

Health and safety are our highest priority along with the overall experience for potential new members and active members. For spring 2021, some chapters, not all, will have availability for membership opportunities. The spring joining process is informal and under the leadership of each individual chapter. The Panhellenic Council can direct and be a resource for any woman interested in joining a sorority. All sorority events must adhere to Samford University COVID-19 guidelines.

For the Class of 2025, Panhellenic is reviewing recruitment rules and guidelines during the spring semester for the Fall 2021 Primary Recruitment period. A registration date and schedule has not been set.

Interfraternity Council

Health and safety are our highest priority along with the overall experience for potential new members and active members. For spring 2021, some chapters, not all, will have availability for membership opportunities. The spring joining process is informal and under the leadership and guidance of each individual chapter. IFC can direct and be a resource for any man interested in joining a fraternity. All fraternity events must adhere to Samford University COVID-19 guidelines.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Health and safety are our highest priority along with the overall experience for potential new members and active members. NPHC follows the guidelines of intake and each chapter varies regarding membership requirements and experiences. Visit our website at www.samford.edu/greeklife to learn more about NPHC chapters and intake.

General Membership Info

All Greek organizations are asked to have a 6-week new member education process for spring 2021. Information regarding finances can be found on the Greek Life website.

Visit the Greek Life YouTube channel each Friday to learn more. Videos will be posted each week regarding membership, expectations, and involvement.

If you have questions about Greek recruitment, new member experiences or events, please contact Julie Mincey, Director at greeklife@samford.edu.

Testing

Samford’s Spring COVID-19 Testing Program
Updated 2/23/2021

Ongoing testing is an important part of Samford’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among Samford’s campus community. Random testing of asymptomatic students and employees allows us to be better informed of the existence of COVID-19 on campus and the potential for emerging hotspots. The test information is critical to our efforts to continue in-person instruction and on-campus residential life. As a member of the Samford community and as a condition of being on campus this academic year, all students and employees have agreed to participate in Samford’s COVID-19 testing program.

A multi-level approach to on-campus testing is underway, consisting of focused rapid-antigen and random PCR sentinel testing.  All testing is administered on the ground floor of the Beeson Alumni Center, across from Seibert Gymnasium. Test results are available either at the test site or online usually within 36 hours. 

For additional details, visit this page to learn more about the university’s spring COVID-19 testing program. Questions should be directed to covid19health@samford.edu (students) or covid19employees@samford.edu. General information about sentinel PCR testing also is available on the GuideSafe website.

If I receive the COVID-19 vaccination, will I still be required to participate in focus and sentinel testing on campus this spring semester?
Updated 3/23/2021

Yes, as a member of the Samford community and as a condition of being on campus this academic year, all students and employees have agreed to participate in Samford’s COVID-19 testing program, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

What is sentinel testing?
Updated 12/24/2020

Sentinel testing is a 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.

Is participation in the sentinel testing program required of all students?
Updated 12/7/2020

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

How will I be notified if I am randomly selected for sentinel testing?
Updated 12/7/2020
  • 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 12/7/2020

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

Is anyone excluded from sentinel testing?
Updated 12/7/2020

Yes, the following individuals are excluded from sentinel testing:

  • Students enrolled in a fully online program who will not be on campus.
  • Employees who are telecommuting and will not be on campus.
  • Students or employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 12 weeks.
If I have been chosen for sentinel testing, can I continue to be on campus while waiting for results?
Updated 12/7/2020

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

What is the process for student reentry testing for spring 2021?
Updated 1/7/2021

COVID-19 testing will be required of all employees and students prior to returning to campus in January, 2021. Samford will utilize the Everlywell home collection molecular PCR test kit and provided test kits at no charge to all employees and students in late November and December. If you did not retrieve your free test kit or if you choose to use your own healthcare provider for your required PCR test, you are responsible for any costs incurred.

Regardless of whether you are using a kit supplied by Samford or submitting a result from a PCR test administered by your healthcare provider, all tests must be taken no more than seven days prior to your return to campus. Everyone must upload a copy of your PCR test result to be cleared for entry to campus. For those taking a Samford-provided test, you may submit a screenshot of the test result sent to you electronically by Everlywell.

The upload link for submitting all test results is located here (samford.edu/go/UploadResults). This is very important as we’ve recently learned our testing partner, Everlywell, will not be providing test results directly to the University.

If you use the Everlywell test kit, please remember that your test sample must be returned to a UPS dropbox on the same day as sample collection. You may want to view the short instructional video describing the Everlywell testing process. If you are returning to campus on January 4, to avoid potential weekend and holiday delays you should arrange to take your test and drop it off on Monday, 12/28. A prepaid shipping label will be included in your Everlywell test kit. Your results will be available online 24-48 hours after the test sample arrives at the lab.

All students are required to submit a negative PCR test result before they are permitted to return to campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you 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.

In order to verify your PCR test results have been received and you are cleared to reenter campus, visit samford.edu/go/MyCovidStatus.

If you have questions or concerns about Samford’s testing requirements, you should send them to covid19health@samford.edu.

Am I required to participate in reentry testing?
Updated 1/7/2021

Yes. All students and employees who will be on campus at any time during January or the spring semester are required to participate in reentry testing.

I am enrolled in an online program and will not be returning to campus this spring. Am I required to participate in reentry testing?
Updated 1/7/2021

If you are enrolled in a fully online program and will not be on campus at any time during the spring semester, you are not required to test at this time. However, if you plan to return to campus at any point this semester you are required to submit a reentry test.

What if I lose my free reentry test kit?
Updated 1/7/2021

If you lose the test kit provided by Samford, you must obtain a PCR test result at your own cost within 5-7 days of your return to campus. Once you have your results:

I did not retrieve my free Everlywell PCR test kit. Can another healthcare provider provide my reentry testing?
Updated 1/7/2021

Yes, you may be tested by another healthcare 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.

All students are required to submit a negative PCR test result before they are permitted to return to campus. The upload link for submitting all test results is located here (samford.edu/go/UploadResults). 

Must I submit a new PCR test if I previously tested positive for COVID-19?
Updated 1/4/2021

Employees and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 based on a PCR test administered on or after November 1, 2020 can be admitted to campus without a negative test result if the individual:

  1. Has on record with, or provides to, the university a copy of the prior positive COVID-19 result. The upload link for submitting all test results is located here (samford.edu/go/UploadResults). 
  2. Shows no current symptoms associated with COVID-19; and,
  3. In the 48-hour period prior to returning to campus, has not been in close contact with someone infected with or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Updated 2/23/2021

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

View this page to learn more about the university’s spring COVID-19 testing program.

Travel

Study Abroad
Updated 3/5/2021

All university-sponsored international student programs and travel are canceled through August 6, 2021. The university will resume international student programs for the Fall 2021 term, including the semester program at the Daniel House in London. 

Domestic and International Travel
Updated 1/8/2021

Samford will follow the travel guidelines and recommendations of the CDC with respect to domestic and international travel, including potential reentry testing and quarantining. 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 all travel.

All university-sponsored study and travel abroad is canceled for the spring semester. For their personal well-being and in consideration of the health of others in the campus community, students are strongly encouraged to refrain from personal travel outside of the United States through the spring semester.

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.