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Government Relations is responsible for the on-going development and implementation of legislative strategies associated with the university's priorities. The Office provides support for many departments at VCU by monitoring government policies and proposals to determine their impact on academic programs, budget or other university functions. This support includes tracking more than 600 pieces of legislation each year that may impact higher education or the medical community.

The Office serves as a liaison between the Governor's Office, the Cabinet Secretaries, the General Assembly and agencies of the Commonwealth. The Office also supports the President and other key university officials by scheduling as many as 100 meetings per year with legislators and with legislative and executive agency staff.

VCU has unique problems as an young, urban institution with a medical center. In an effort to succeed with administrative and legislative decisions, a priority card listing the essential initiatives of VCU is developed and released in December each year. This listing of university priorities is distributed to all of the VCU constituencies. The priority card serves as a mechanism to inform the university community of approved priorities as well as providing a clear communication to external decision makers.