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

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) Requires that the certified pilot must serve as the Pilot in Command as defined by UAS Pilot Certification Standards

4) Requires that Carleton owned UAS’ must be insured through Carleton’s Business Office.

5) Requires that contractors or other third parties are hired or otherwise requested to use a 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.

6) Requires the Pilot’s FAA license. FAA UAS Registration, Certificate of Insurance must be on record with Carleton’s Risk Manager and the Security office prior to any flight.  (To ensure processing time, it is recommended that these documents be submitted no fewer than seven (7) days prior to the flight date).  Additionally, while operating the UAS on campus, all non-Carleton faculty/staff must be able to immediately produce the written approval from Carleton’s Risk Manager.

7) Requires that any UAS flight must be preceded by notifying Campus Security with exact times and location.

8) 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.

9) Requires that any injuries or any damage to Carleton property that results from or is related to drone operation--no matter how minor--must be immediately reported to the Carleton Security office.

10) Requires that operators must be able to present an up to date Flight Log and Maintenance Schedule upon request. 

Prohibited Use

  1. Recreational use of UAS is prohibited on Carleton property and in airspace over Carleton property.
  2. 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. “Surreptitious intrusion” or use of an “observation device” may be prosecuted under Minnesota Statute 609.746 Interference with Privacy.
  3. Carleton strictly probhits flying any UAS/Drone indoors 1) without carefully planning safety protocols, 2) having those protocols approved by Carleton’s Risk Manager, 3) and if the drone wights 55 lbs or more.

 

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: May, 2020 Business Office

Last revised May 12, 2020

Last Reviewed: Jul 12th, 2018

Maintained by Business Office