The Office of Community and Government Relations is available to support academic departments and other campus centers by advocating on their behalf or making introductions to advance grant applications or appropriations requests. Our office is an effective resource to promote research or connect the campus with important decision makers.
As a nonprofit institution of higher education, USD is governed by federal, state and local laws in addition to numerous internal policies established by its Board of Trustees. We monitor and often comment on proposed legislation and regulations that may affect the university in general or a specific discipline.
To avoid conflicts and ensure USD speaks with one coordinated voice, academic departments and other campus centers are asked to communicate with the Office of Community and Government Relations before expressing opinions to legislators or government agencies. This is in no way an attempt to curtail academic freedom or individual liberties, but rather to prevent the official position of the University of San Diego from being misidentified to elected officials or other government representatives.