Syracuse UniversityOffice of Government and Community Relations

Welcome to the Office of Government and Community Relations.  Our mission is to connect the University's initiatives and priorities with government and community resources.  We also provide counsel and guidance on policies, legislation and issues impacting the University.

Government Relations

We advance the University's interests at all levels of federal, state and local government. We are the designated point of contact for government officials, and are responsible for coordinating an effective government relations program that ensures compliance with federal, state and local lobbying laws.

Community Relations

We are both a local resource for and liaison with neighborhood, community, and business organizations on matters pertaining to campus-community relationships. Our office enjoys mutually beneficial relationships locally as an engaged civic, cultural, and business partner.

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Visits University

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited Syracuse University Feb. 19.  His campus stop and tour of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) was part of a visit to Central New York's Fulton Companies to announce details of a $150 million grant competition for workforce training programs.

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  • University Policy on Contacting Government Officials

    Because the University is a registered lobbying organization, all contact with government officials for any University business must follow Federal, State and University policies and regulations.  All faculty and staff are required to contact our office at or call us at 315-443-3919 before communicating with an elected official.

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  • Chancellor Joins Regional Council

    New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Chancellor and President Kent Syverud the new co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC).

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  • News

     The Higher Education Act

    This is an extremely significant legislation regulating many aspects of higher education, from financial aid to fire safety reporting. The American Council on Education (ACE), an association of which SU is a member, recently joined 38 other leading higher education associations in submitting suggestions for rewriting the HEA.

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  • Professor Reports on Humanitarian Law

    Syracuse University College of Law Professor of Practice David Crane co-authored a report that detailed the "systematic killing" of thousands of people in Syria, suggesting war crimes were committed by Syrian government officials. CNN and The Guardian broke the story, and now, media worldwide are seeking comment from Crane. Sky News, CBC and the BBC lined up awaiting a chance to speak with Crane via Satellite. Read the full story on SU News.

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    Your Safety and Security

    The Department of Public Safety can provide you with the 2013 edition of "Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University," a summary of information on crime prevention, residential security, and crime statistics.  To obtain your copy, contact the Department of Public Safety at 443-2224.

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    Have questions about a community project or need guidance on a government relations topic? E-mail the Office of Government and Community Relations or call us at 315-443-3919 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

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