Published on May 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.  

Samford Community,

We are eagerly preparing to bring our Samford Bulldogs back to campus.  The first phase of the return to campus plan is underway, and a second phase will begin on Monday, June 15.  Throughout both phases, the number of employees on campus will increase gradually.

The health of our community is our priority and we will be taking great precautions to reduce exposure to and the spread of COVID-19.  Currently, teams of caring, well-informed faculty and staff are working together to develop plans for resuming on-campus instruction and residential life for the fall semester. As you consider your arrival to campus, here are some items that you should be aware of:

  • Social distancing, frequent hand washing and personal protective equipment (e.g. face masks) will become a normal part of campus life.
  • Campus facilities will be regularly cleaned in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • Classrooms and meeting spaces will be assessed for maximum capacity using social distancing principles recommended by the CDC and local public health officials, which inform our plans for teaching and learning.
  • Building doors and hallways may be designated for “one-way” pedestrian travel. 
  • Students and employees will be instructed on infection prevention measures that are applicable to their respective academic, social, residential and work areas.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommended engineering, administrative, and work practice controls will continue to be implemented.
  • Access to campus during the summer will continue to be restricted.

Specific details and plans are forthcoming, but we write today to assure you that a lot of good work is underway.  We learn more about the virus each day and are mindful of the need to be proactive in our planning and responsive to changing circumstances.  As local, state and national health standards evolve, Samford will adjust accordingly.

Be on the lookout for future communications about plans to “Bring Back the Bulldogs.”  The university’s coronavirus website is regularly updated with the latest information; if you have questions not answered there, please email them to

While these days have been trying, we are confident that our university is being strengthened as a result.  The pandemic has pushed us to evolve in ways that will equip us to meet both the known and unknown challenges that are before us.  Next week we will begin welcoming the Class of 2024 – which may be the largest in our history – to our first-ever virtual Bulldog Days Orientation. 

We look forward to having you back on campus for the fall semester, and are grateful to be on this journey with each of you. 

Take care,

J. Michael Hardin, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Quantitative Analysis and Biostatistics
Harry B. Brock III (Buck)
Executive Vice President
Samford University

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