Published on November 17, 2020  

Dear Samford Students,

As promised in my communication last week, I am forwarding information regarding two important matters related to your health and that of your families: optional pre-departure testing appointments and pick up times for a free PCR test kit for required re-entry to campus after January 1, 2021.  Please read this email carefully as there are things you need to do.  In fact, you may want to save this email for later reference.

 The CDC offers helpful guidance for returning home this Thanksgiving.  You can find that information here:  CDC Thanksgiving Guidance

We’ve come a long way this semester, and let’s finish strong!

Take Care….Buck Brock

Optional Pre-Departure Testing Appointments

For students returning home to an environment where someone living in the home is among the CDC’s at-risk groups for COVID-19, you can make an appointment to receive a free COVID-19 rapid antigen test on campus before departing. All tests will be administered in the ground floor of the Beeson Alumni Center, across from Seibert Gymnasium. You should try to make your appointment as close to your departure as possible.

If you would like an appointment, please follow this link:  COVID-19 Return Home Testing Appointments.  Appointment slots are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, and again on Monday of next week.


  • Start limiting your exposure to others now
  • Attend your appointment
  • Get your result in about fifteen minutes
  • Be careful and be aware: self-quarantine to the best of your abilities until you go home

Pick Up COVID-19 Test Kits Required for Spring 2021 Return

Samford experienced fewer cases of COVID-19 early in the fall semester partly because we required every student and employee to take a COVID-19 PCR test before returning to campus. Based on this success, we will have the same requirement as you return after January 1, 2021.  This is especially important as we will be in the midst of flu season. 

Unlike this fall when the State of Alabama provided student tests at no charge, Samford has made the significant investment to purchase tests to ensure all employees and students can obtain a test at no cost.  All you need to do is follow the instructions below. 

All Samford students need to pick up your test kit at one of the times and locations listed below.  Failing to pick up a test, or losing the test kit provided, does not exempt you from the Spring 2021 testing requirement, and testing will be required at your own cost.

The process will be fast and efficient:

  • Arrive at one of the three pick up stations on campus
  • Hold out your SUID so we can scan it
  • We will scan a test kit before handing it to you so that the kit you receive is uniquely assigned to you 

After you receive your kit, you should:

  • Write your name on the box (or where indicated above the instructions affixed to the box)
  • Carefully follow the instructions affixed to the box
  • DO NOT give your test to another person or allow your kit to be confused with another person’s
  • Store your kit in a cool dry place before and after you take your kit home with you

Schedule For Retreiving Your Test Kit

Thursday, November 19  - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Pete Hanna (West Concourse), College of Health Sciences - Lobby, The HUB in the University Center 

Friday, November 20 - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pete Hanna (West Concours), College of Health Sciences - Lobby, The HUB in the University Center

Monday, November 23 - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The HUB in the University Center

Tuesday, November 24 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - The HUB in the University Center

Important FAQs

What if I lose my test kit? 

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

How do I retrieve my test kit if I am not on campus this semester?

If you are not on campus this semester but you are registered to be on campus next semester, we will send your test kit to your home address on record.  If this is not your current address, please notify Wade Walker ( no later than December 1, 2020.

What if I’ve been on campus this semester but I’ve already gone home?

If you’ve already headed home this semester and are unable to pick up a kit, please advise us prior to Friday, November 20, 2020 and we will arrange to mail your test kit to you.  You must complete this Early Departure Test Kit Request Form.

Must I be tested if I won’t physically be on campus this spring?

PCR testing only is required for those who will physically be on Samford’s campus at any time in the spring semester.  If your plans change and you will be coming to campus in the spring semester, you will need to take a PCR test before doing so.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 during the pre-departure testing? 

If you test positive as part of your pre-departure testing, you will be subject to all of Samford’s normal protocols for COVID positive cases, including an obligation to isolate away from others for a minimum of 10-days from the earlier of your test date or when you first experienced symptoms.  If you are returning to an environment where someone with an “at risk” condition lives, you should not enter that environment until your ten-day isolation period has expired and you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.  If you are a residential student and need to quarantine or isolate on campus, the university has housing planned for this need.  Please email following our normal procedures to confirm arrangements.   

What if I contract COVID-19 or am exposed to an infected person between now and the end of the semester?

Students may be required to enter quarantine or isolation in the days leading up to November 24, the last day of the Fall 2020 semester.  If you live on campus and elect not to return home, the university has housing planned for this need.  Please email as you normally would.  

Please note that the Department of Health and Human Services prohibits use of public transportation (planes, trains shuttles, buses, or Uber/Lyft) until one is released from quarantine or isolation. Similarly, if an infected person is driving or using other forms of private transportation, they should limit stops during travel and avoid entering public spaces to reduce the risk of exposing others.  We advise against operating a vehicle if you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19.

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