The Office of Government and Community Relations is the unit responsible for advancing the University's interests at all levels of federal, state and local government. In order to achieve a coordinated and effective institutional advancement program, schools, colleges and departments are expected to:
- follow laws governing Federal and State Lobbying and Gifts of Goods or Services Laws.
- follow the Federal, State, and Local Elected Officials Reporting of Lobbying Activities, Expenditures and Gifts. Consult the Office of Government and Community Relations prior to entering into any arrangements with elected officials or government employees that involve tickets to University events, gifts of goods or services, or any other paid or unpaid goods or services, to ensure compliance with state and federal lobbying laws and University policy.
- inform the Office of Government and Community Relations of all planned contacts and correspondence with elected officials and policy-making employees of federal, state and local government, including those who are alumni or friends of the University. Contacts pertaining to sponsored research should be coordinated with the Vice President for Research or the Executive Director of Sponsored Programs.
- consult the Office of Government and Community Relations prior to making any verbal or written statements on behalf of the University that concern federal, state or local policies, legislation or regulations.
Statements by faculty or staff members made as experts in a specific field, or on behalf of themselves or another organization, should clearly indicate they are not being made on behalf of the University.
- advise the Office of Government and Community Relations on any activities, conferences, seminars, lectures or projects that involve the community and/or impact the University area.