Ongoing testing is an important part of Samford’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among Samford’s campus community. Random sentinel 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. For the Fall 2021 semester, students and employees who choose to provide verification of vaccination will be suspended from random sentinel testing requirements. The university continues to monitor recent updates and advice from national, state and local health authorities and adhere to all local health directives.

The university employs a multilevel approach to on-campus testing, consisting of focused rapid-antigen and random PCR sentinel testing. Test results are available either at the test site or online usually within 36 hours.

Selected individuals will receive an email to schedule a COVID-19 test. Please immediately read and follow the email instructions regarding test arrangements. Look for emails from covid19health@samford.edu . Any questions related to testing should be sent to: covid19health@samford.edu (students) or covid19employees@samford.edu (employees).

Required Fall 2021 Baseline Testing

As was the case last year, Samford requires a negative PCR test for all employees and students at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Required community testing allows us to establish a clear baseline independent of prior experiences, potential exposures, new variants and unknown caseloads. Entry testing also allows any potential cases to be identified before returning to campus. Access to free test kits on campus or through the mail will be provided to all students and employees in August. Alternatively, students and employees may choose to provide a negative PCR test result obtained from their personal healthcare provider at their own expense. Either way, a negative PCR test result must be submitted at the beginning of the fall semester or within seven days preceding return to campus if later in the fall.

  • If you live in the Birmingham metro area, Samford will offer on-campus testing in August prior to the start of the fall semester. Test samples will be collected and delivered to the lab for processing. Further details and dates will be forthcoming.
  • For those who will not be in Birmingham during the on-campus testing period, a test kit can be mailed at no cost to a provided address.
  • Those choosing to receive a test kit by mail will self-administer the test and mail the sample on a specified date to allow sufficient time for processing results. Instructions will be included with the kit.
  • Those opting to provide a test result from a personal healthcare provider must be sure that the test is administered within the seven days immediately prior to the university receiving your result. Samford does not accept test results from home testing kits.

Testing by Request

As an added measure to promote campus well-being, Samford is providing rapid-antigen COVID-19 testing to any recognized student organization or department upon request at no cost to the group.

To receive this service, if you are a student, you may contact covid19health@samford.edu.

If you are an employee, you may contact covid19employees@samford.edu.

Testing FAQs