11.03 / Unmanned Aircraft
University recognizes that the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(UAS), also referred to as “drones,” are popular for both recreational and
educational usage. This policy establishes minimal requirements for the
safe operation of UAS and shall be a reference to assist with compliance
with Federal Aviation Administration requirements, state laws, local
ordinances and University policies and procedures.
applies to the following individuals or entities:
of the University community, including but not limited to employees,
students, clubs, organizations, vendors and any other individual who is
operating a UAS as part of their employment or as part of any
University-related research or activity as is doing so on University
Property (University User).
or entity not affiliated with the University that may operate a UAS on or
above University Property (Non-University User).
of this policy only, the following definitions shall apply:
Aircraft means a device that is used
or intended to be used for flight in the air.
2. Model Aircraft means an Aircraft that
is mechanically driven or launched into flight and is flown solely for
hobby or recreational purposes and is not used for payment or benefit,
directly or indirectly, by any person for the use of the Aircraft or any
media produced by the Aircraft.
3. University Property means any land,
grounds, buildings or facilities owned, leased, or used by the University.
4. UAS Operator shall be used to refer to
either or both a University User or a Non-University User.
5. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) (commonly
known as “drones”) are Aircraft and accompanying systems
(including communication links and the components that control the UAS)
that are operated without the possibility of human intervention from
within or on the Aircraft. The term UAS, as opposed to drone, is used
throughout this policy as that is the term used in state and federal laws
be flown by both University and Non-University Users if the flight adheres
to any limits prescribed by the University Police Department (“UPD”) to
ensure safety and compliance with all applicable laws.
Use of UAS for law enforcement purposes,
including both UPD and non-University law enforcement agencies is always
authorized, subject to applicable law and government regulations.
Non-University law enforcement agencies shall coordinate the flight, to
the extent possible, with UPD.
UAS Operators must comply with all applicable
FAA regulations as well as all state and local laws and ordinances.
UASs shall not be used to monitor or record
areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance
with accepted social norms. These areas include, but are not limited to,
restrooms, residential rooms, changing or dressing rooms, and health
Users shall keep a copy of the UPD approval
and present it upon request.
Non-University Users must enter into a UAS
Flight Operator Agreement, to be obtained from UPD, prior to use of UASs
on or above University Property*.
The University has the right to immediately
suspend or terminate the operation of a UAS by any means necessary if, in
the University’s discretion, it interferes with campus operations, poses
hazards to any person or University facilities, equipment, or other
property, or has not received the proper approvals.
*NOTE: in order to allow adequate time for
approvals, it is strongly suggested that Users allow a minimum of seven
(7) working days for all required documents to be processed and approved.
A. All Flights
Persons wishing to operate UAS on University Property must contact the UPD
at least three (3) working days in advance1 of the desired flight time (or
longer, for more complex requests) and provide the following:
B. University Property (Outdoor
- Proof of compliance with FAA UAS airspace and operational rules,
- A detailed flight plan (see
form) to include requested time and locations; and
a non-University User, an executed UAS Flight Operator Agreement.
Media outlets wishing to use UAS on
University Property should contact University Strategic Communications for
assistance in obtaining approval in accordance with this policy.
UAS Operators may be asked to stop the UAS
flight or leave University Property if they do not comply with this policy
or are otherwise engaging in conduct that is considered harmful or
dangerous to the University or persons on University Property. Such
conduct may include but is not limited to violations of the regulations
established by federal, state and local authorities and/or as provided for
in this policy.
Indoor use of UAS for University-related
purposes is permitted when conducted in authorized space suitable for such
experimentation. Use of indoor flight space will follow guidelines
established by the designated University department/employee that has
responsibility for the space.
D. Non-University Property
(University Employee/Student Use)
University Departments or employees wishing
to fly UAS for University-related purposes off University Property must
have appropriate permits and property owner permission for the location of
the flight and must comply with any federal, state, and local laws and
regulations of the jurisdiction where the UAS flight is conducted.
users of UAS are expected to comply with all laws and regulations
promulgated by the FAA. These laws and regulations include, but are not
Policies, Forms and Resources
flying over people (Note: this severely limits UAS flights on campus)
- No flying above 400 ft.
- No flying outside daytime hours,
defined as 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after
- No flying in an unsafe manner
- No flying beyond the operator’s
ability to see the Aircraft
- No flying while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs
- No flying in a manner that
interferes with air traffic
- No flying close to another
Aircraft as to create a collision hazard
photography of spaces where an individual has a reasonable expectation
links containing additional related policies, forms and resources for UAS
operation on University Property. Each UAS Operator is responsible for
ensuring his or her own compliance with this policy and any applicable
federal, state or local regulations, statute or ordinance.
for Violation of Policy
of University policies or student code of conduct by an individual will be
administered in accordance with applicable University policies and
procedures. Individuals who violate this policy may be subject to civil or
criminal penalties and the seizure of UAS by campus police or security.
Fines, damages, and claims against individuals who violate this policy may
be the responsibility of that individual.
The University Police Department is
responsible for compliance and enforcement of this policy.
May 21, 2018
waiver of the required time notification may be obtained for