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Uncrewed Aircraft

Date Approved:2-6-2017
Last Revision:2-6-2017
Last Reviewed:2-6-2017
Approved By:President
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To enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and other visitors by providing a policy regarding the use of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) also known as “drones”, on or over property owned or controlled by the university.

Further, this policy covers requirements for purchasing UAS using university funds or grant funds distributed through the university.


The operation of UAS is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and relevant state law.  This policy is applicable to all faculty, staff, students, visitors, or other facility users.

This policy and supporting procedure is coordinated through Public Safety and Police Services, Risk Management, Controller’s Office and the Dean of Students Office.


Operation of a UAS on university property is prohibited except when specifically approved by the department of Public Safety and Police Services.  This department is authorized to write procedure to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance.  The procedure details purchase, controls over use, and storage of university UAS.  The procedure will also detail the use of non-university UAS on university property.

The FAA has categorized UAS intro three categories:  Model Aircraft, Non-Model/Commercial and Public Government.  Each of which have different requirements and required documentation set forth by the FAA.

Operation of a university-owned and/or grant-purchased UAS outside university property may be allowed to conduct research or to pursue other education opportunities.  Operation outside university property must also be specifically approved by the department of Public Safety and Police Services.

Violations may be subject to disciplinary actions and where appropriate, legal action.  Any FAA fines incurred by individuals or departments that do not comply with this policy will be the responsibility of those involved.