Published on March 12, 2020 at 2:20 p.m.  

Samford Community,

This e-mail contains important details related to Samford’s COVID-19 response. Carefully read it in its entirety.

Although there are currently no confirmed cases in Alabama, Samford is making significant operational changes to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, faculty and staff. These decisions are heavily influenced by the knowledge that our people have travelled to diverse locations during Spring Break where incidents of COVID-19 are known to exist. We believe the measures taken by Samford were inevitable given the rapidly evolving circumstances. As disruptive as this is, the disruption would have been greater had we delayed until everyone returned to campus next week.  

Yesterday I shared with you that all university courses will temporarily move to online delivery beginning Monday, March 16. Students will hear directly from faculty regarding instructions for online classes. Students with internships or clinical requirements should contact their faculty advisors for guidance.

Students presently off-campus for Spring Break may NOT return to campus until in person classroom instruction resumes. Residential students needing books, laptops and other essential items from campus can retrieve those items between now and 5:00 p.m. on March 16. Students may claim their items and then promptly leave campus.

We recognize that in limited circumstances, some students will be unable to return home. Students who have a significant hardship can request to stay on campus using the ResLife form that will be available on the ResLife website later today. Requests must be made by noon on Saturday, March 14.  Student athletes will receive information directly from the Athletics Department.

Students and employees who have travelled or choose to travel domestically to an area with active mitigation strategies as defined by the CDC or who travel internationally to a CDC level 2 or 3 risk for COVID-19 cannot come to campus for any reason until they have completed 14 days of self-quarantine. This includes Spring Break travel. As of today, domestic locations with active mitigation strategies include New Rochelle, NY; Seattle, WA and Santa Clara, CA. If you have traveled to any of these destinations you must e-mail to make arrangements for continuation of study or work responsibilities.

If you exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19, promptly contact your personal health care provider and explain that you are in self-monitoring. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 at any time, you should notify the university at

Faculty and staff are to report to work as usual on Monday, March 16. If you have questions about your schedule or work arrangements, contact your supervisor.

Until March 16, all scheduled events presented by the university and outside entities will go forward as planned. Campus events between March 16 and April 6 are either postponed or cancelled. The Office of Events Management will contact event hosts with additional details. Spectators at Samford hosted athletics events will be limited.

All university-sponsored international travel departing in spring 2020 semester is canceled. All domestic university-related travel, including previously approved travel, is suspended for the remainder of the spring semester. Exceptions must be approved by a vice president. If you are planning university-related travel after the spring semester, vice president approval is required until further notice.

The Samford community is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, cleaning or disinfecting high-touch surfaces and staying home if you are sick.

Please visit the Samford coronavirus website for additional information. Throughout the day today we will be adding answers to many of your frequently asked questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we appreciate your patience. 

If you have questions that are not addressed on the site, email


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