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Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) on Carleton’s Campus

Policy Statement

This policy exists to ensure safe and proper operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, for the benefit of the Carleton community. The conditions outlined here are in addition to Federal or State requirements.

All UAS operation must be in compliance with FAA and State of Minnesota regulations. In addition, campus operations of a UAS require:

1) Must be conducted for purposes that benefits Carleton academics, public relations, communications, formally sanctioned programs or Carleton endorsed commercial reasons.

2) Must be conducted by or under the direct supervision of Carleton Faculty or Staff with a current FAA Remote Pilot’s Certificate. The certified faculty or staff must serve as the Pilot in Command as defined by UAS Pilot Certification Standards.  Pilot’s license must be on record with the Risk Manager.

3) Operators must follow the rules and regulations outlined in the UAS Pilot Certification Standards and by state law.

4) May only be conducted using a properly registered drone through the FAA and through the State of Minnesota. FAA UAS Registration

5) Carleton owned UAS’ must be insured through the Carleton’s Business Office.

6) Any UAS flight must be preceded by notifying Campus Security with exact times and location.

7) Any UAS flight must have written permission from the director of the associated Carleton department or location supervisor. For example: flying in Carleton’s arboretum must have written permission from the Director of the Arboretum; flights involving athletic fields would require permission from the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation.

8) Must be able to present an up to date Flight Log and Maintenance Schedule.  

9) If a contractor or a third party is to use an UAS for purposes associated with a Carleton facility or event, the organizing department shall contact the Risk Manager to insure that the UAS owner and operator has adequate liability insurance and take the risk mitigation arrangements deemed appropriate.

Prohibited Use

A UAS will 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 student housing, restrooms, locker rooms, changing or dressing rooms, or health treatment rooms. 

Recreational use of UAS is prohibited on Carleton property and in airspace over Carleton property.

The College may, at its discretion, suspend any UAS activity deemed as dangerous, or otherwise interfering with, or interrupting the operations of the College. Should a discrepancy between College policy and FAA regulations exist, the more restrictive regulation will govern.

This policy will be reviewed annually by the Business Office and Carleton’s FAA certified UAS Pilots.

Last Reviewed: Jul 12, 2018

Last revised July 12, 2018

Last Reviewed: Jul 12th, 2018

Maintained by Business Office