While there is no single “best” UAS policy applicable to all institutions, UAS policies should address a number of key areas, including:
- The process the institution will use to review and approve the official use of UAS by its employees and agents to ensure compliance with pertinent FAA, state and local regulations.
- A process by which UAS operations are to be de-conflicted with other scheduled institutional event (such as sporting events).
- Coordinating UAS flights with local law enforcement and emergency personnel.
- Reporting of damage or injury caused by institutional UAS flights.
- A general code of conduct governing the use of UAS by students and others for recreational purposes, including any desired geographic and temporal restrictions on recreational use.
- Marriage of UAS policy with other pertinent institutional policies, such as policies governing privacy and video surveillance.
- Measures the institution may impose for violation of the institution’s UAS policy.
What this means to you
UAS are no longer a novelty on college and university campuses. Leadership should assess the nature and manner in which UAS are to be used by the institution and the campus community and enact appropriate policy to ensure such use is legal, safe, and consistent with the institutions standards and expectations.