The Office of College Relations advocates for SUNY Delhi, works to build and strengthen relationships with elected and appointed state, federal and local officials, and provides information to decision-makers to assist them in setting policies that affect the college and higher education in general.
The Office of College Relations is available to assist staff in preparing for any meetings with elected or appointed government officials, and appreciates advance notice of any visit by such officials to campus. College faculty, staff and students who meet with elected or appointed officials as independent citizens should not represent themselves as stating official positions of SUNY Delhi. Those wishing to advocate on the behalf of the college during a personal visit with a government official should consult with the Office of College Relations for assistance with preparation and clarification of college positions.
Coordination of messages to federal, state and municipal government representatives is the key to effective government relations. The policy that guides SUNY Delhi’s government relations is:
Any correspondence by college employees with public officials can be deemed as lobbying and present a threat to SUNY Delhi’s local, state or federal funding. No SUNY Delhi employee may directly contact a legislative representative for the purpose of conducting SUNY Delhi business, promoting college policy or inviting a legislative representative to a campus event without prior consultation with the Office of College Relations.
Inquiries from government officials and their representatives to visit SUNY Delhi or utilize campus facilities should be referred directly to Joel Smith, Vice President for College Relations, at 607-746-4522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.