Campus Strictness

Birmingham, AL
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: sometimes they are too strict about certain policies, but i know that it is to maintain the integrity of our school's values.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: helps the safety of students

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are fairly strict about attendance but it's not to bad.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel like I am in elementary school all over again. Its like I am being babysat 24/7.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There is no tolerance for negative behavior


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 728th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 922nd
    Best Campus Police
  • 1233rd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Maryville, TN
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Samford's strictness is a bit controversial among students. Visitation hours, as described below, are loathed by most students, but others are thankful that they can safely walk to the bathroom in whatever they're wearing without running into someone of the opposite sex. Another issue is the fact that Samford is a dry campus, and getting caught with alcohol is a serious offense. Of course, it doesn't prevent students from drinking off campus, which has proven to be an easy alternative. There is no dress code on campus, which is oftentimes unique for a Christian university. Despite this nice freedom, some students do choose to dress up for class and show off their recent mall purchases. Others simply roll out of bed and attend class in whatever they're wearing.

A most upsetting aspect of class is that certain professors have firm attendance policies. One can fail a class simply by not showing up enough. Fortunately, this ensures that students will understand the lectures for themselves and not just rely on a friend's notes, but it can be rather distressing when one craves sleep or study time more than class. There are, however, a few gracious professors who do not enforce any kind of attendance policy. Like most universities, Samford holds a no-tolerance view of plagiarism.  

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
Parking in the wrong lot
Visitation Policies
Women must check into the Residence Life office when visiting men's dorms and vice versa. One's Samford ID or driver's license functions as a collateral during the visit, ensuring that the person will return before visitation hours are up. Members of the opposite sex are always allowed in the lobbies, but visitation hours end at 10 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends. When inside a dorm room with a member of the opposite sex, one must stick a shoe in the door to let others know, but this is not usually enforced.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 51% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 38% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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