Syracuse UniversityOffice of Government and Community Relations

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Government Relations

Our office advances the priorities of the University 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.

Federal Relations

Our office follows key issues and the potential impact of federal legislation and regulation affecting the University.

State Relations

Decisions in Albany, our state capital, influence our University's implementation of programs and services, including degree programs, financial aid, and more.

Local Relations

The University works with the city and county government, and key local partners, on local projects of significance.

Lobbying, Advocacy, and Policies

Our office is responsible for advancing the University's interests at all levels of government.  What activities are considered lobbying? Be in the know before you contact a public or elected official.

Helpful Links

Tracking key legislation? Interested in registering to vote? We have federal, state, and local resources to assist you.

 The Higher Education Act

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What is it?
This extremely significant legislation regulating many aspects of higher education, from financial aid to fire safety reporting, turned 50 years old at the end of 2013. It is currently up for renewal.
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 Higher Education Act.

Why Does it Matter?
The Higher Education Act determines how federal dollars are awarded to colleges and students. It dictates the framework and timing for loans, accreditation, and much more.

The Office of Government and Community Relations will continue to follow progress on this legislation and will post updates to this website.  For more information, contact us at gcr@syr.edu.