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.

  • Engaging in Partisan Political Activity

    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 engaging in partisan political activity.

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  • Syracuse University Celebrates Constitution Day

    Syracuse University will celebrate the United States Constitution with events on September 17 and 24.  How much do you know about the Constitution?  For example, do you know how many people signed it?  Who was the oldest signer?  And, how many times is the word democracy mentioned in the Constitution?

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  • United Way Campaign Underway

    The 2014 Syracuse University United Way campaign kicks off in early October.  Visit the new campaign website at for details on how and why to pledge with purpose!

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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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    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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