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Federal Relations

KU's federal relations team advocates on federal policies and issues that affect the university and serves as a liaison between KU and the federal government to facilitate partnerships that benefit KU students, faculty and staff.

Federal Relations

KU's federal relations team serves a liaison between the university and federal policymakers in Washington D.C. Specifically, our team works to:

  • advocate for federal policies and resources that benefit KU and higher education
  • connect KU researchers with funding agencies and other federal partners who can help them accomplish their goals

In fulfilling these functions, our team works closely with the Kansas federal delegation, which includes two U.S. Senators and four members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our team also works with peer institutions and various higher education partners, including the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

All official KU requests for meetings with the Kansas congressional delegation must be coordinated with our federal relations staff, as required by the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act and university policy. Additionally, we ask all KU faculty and staff to connect with our office before engaging with any federal partners so we can provide you resources and advice while ensuring the university speaks with a consistent voice. For additional information, view our longstanding guidelines on engagement with government officials.