The Office of State Relations serves as the primary liaison between Indiana University and the legislative and executive branches of Indiana government, including the Indiana General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the State Budget Agency, and other relevant units of state government. The State Relations team also works closely with other universities and higher education groups in Indiana.
Governor Mike Pence signs into law House Enrolled Act 1042, requiring higher education institutions who accept state financial aid to annually provide students with a letter explaining their current student loan debt obligation. This legislation was molded after Indiana University's highly successful debt letter program that has helped undergraduate students reduce borrowing by approximately $44 million. HEA 1042 was authored by IU alumnus State Representative Casey Cox. (Back Row from the left: Caryl Auslander, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Policy, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Tony Hahn, Director for State Relations and Policy Analysis, Purdue University; Becca Polcz, Director for Government Relations, Indiana University; Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education; MaryFrances McCourt, Vice President and CFO, Indiana University; Jim Kennedy, Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems, Indiana University; Sarah Ancel, Associate Commissioner for Policy and Legislation, Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Front Row from Left: State Representative Casey Cox; Governor Mike Pence.) (Photo Credit: Indiana House Republican Caucus)
Indiana University Alumni serving as Legislators, Staff, and Interns at the Indiana House of Representatives celebrate the end of the General Assembly session on April 29th, 2015.
Rachel Green, Senior Advisor to Indiana University's Culture of Care, provided testimony to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on November 13, 2014 at the IUPUI Campus Center. Rachel spoke about the efforts Indiana University has undertaken to reduce the occurence of sexual assault through promoting a culture of education, responsibility, and respect. [Photo Credit: State Representative Christina Hale]
Representatives from the IU School of Social Work at IU South Bend provided testimony to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children's Substance Abuse and Child Safety Task Force on June 25, 2014. Pictured from Left to right: Nicole Leiter (School of Social Work MSW student), Senator Randy Head, Emily Sussman (School of Social Work MSW student), John Gallagher (School of Social Work Faculty), Mike Deranek (School of Social Work alum).
President Michael McRobbie (center) talks with Indiana Governor Mike Pence (right) and Representative Peggy Mayfield (left) at the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce's Governor's Luncheon on June 10, 2014.
IUSA members Michelle Chung (left) and Jose Mitjavila (right) join Representatives Peggy Mayfield (second from left) and Bob Heaton (Second from right) for a photo during the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce's Governor's Luncheon on June 10, 2014.
Co-chair of the IU Culture of Care Steering Committee Rachel Martinez (left) and IUSA President Andy Braden (right) meet with Representative Christina Hale (center) at the Indiana State House on May 19, 2014.
Becca Polcz, the Director for Government Relations, and IU Student Association leaders, Jose Mitjavila, Andy Braden, and Chris Kauffman join Governor Mike Pence, Senator Jim Merritt, Representative Jud McMillin, Representative Christina Hale, and others, as SEA 227 Alcohol and Medical Emergencies; Crime Studies is signed into law, April 30, 2014.