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.