Policy identification number: To come
File: Safety & Health Policies
Safety Policy for Academic Research Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
This policy establishes the minimum safety requirements for academic teaching and research using UAVs on and above Fort Lewis College property.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
June 15, 2017
June 15, 2017
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Scheduled for Review
I. Policy Statement
Fort Lewis College (FLC) has developed this Safety Policy for Academic/Research Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to protect employees, students and the general public from hazards associated with the operation of such vehicles. Individuals controlling UAVs are responsible for adhering to all FAA rules and regulations at all times.
II. Reason for Policy
This policy allows for academic programs’ teaching and research with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) while simultaneously mitigating risk to faculty, staff, students, the general public and the College.
For following the policy: Academic departments and the Office of Risk Management
For enforcement of the policy: Office of Risk Management; Fort Lewis College Police Department
For oversight of the policy: Vice President of Finance and Administration
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing the policy: Academic departments and the Office of Risk Management
Covered Data: Means information collected by a UAV that identifies a particular person. If data collected by an UAV likely will not be linked to an individual’s name or other personally identifiable information, or if the data is altered so that a specific person is not recognizable, it is not covered data.
Data Subjects: Refers to the individuals about whom covered data is collected.
Drone: Usually referred to an unmanned military aircraft; also referred to as small recreational unmanned remote controlled aircraft
FAA: Federal Aviation Administration, the governmental agency responsible for regulating and monitoring civil aviation within the United States of America.
FAA Certification: Addressed in Section 333 of the FAA Standards. www.faa.gov/uas.
Small Unmanned Aircraft: Defined by the FAA as weighing 0.55 to 55 pounds in weight and include UAVs, UASs and drones.
UAS: Unmanned aerial system.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) - For purpose of this policy all drones, small unmanned aircraft, unmanned aerial systems and other unmanned aerial vehicles will be designated as “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs)
V. Cross-Referenced Policies