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RSCC Policy GA-19-02; Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems on Campus

RSCC Policy GA-19-02; Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems on Campus

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Policy Number: GA-19-02
Subject: Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems on Campus
  1. Purpose
    The purpose of this policy is to establish protocols for use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as UAS or drones, at any Roane State Community College campus, teaching site, or facility. For purposes of this policy, the definition of UAS broadly includes fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, quadcopters, and any other professional or toy aerial devices, with or without cameras, that are controlled remotely by people or computers.
  2. Scope
    This policy applies to all RSCC employees, students, and volunteers, as well as members of the public, who use UAS at any RSCC campus, teaching site, or facility.
  3. Policy
    RSCC supports UAS use for educational, institutional, and recreational functions. RSCC provides direction for UAS use to provide for the privacy and safety of employees, students, campus visitors, and members of the public who may be on campus. UAS operators are responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses and certifications, fulfilling all requirements, and complying with all regulations as mandated by the Federal Aviation Authority as well as federal, state, and local laws.
  4. Guidelines
    1. Allowable uses of UAS
      1. Educational use related to a course or program of study, including academic research, by an employee or currently enrolled student.
      2. Institutional or administrative use that directly benefits RSCC.
      3. Recreational use for personal interest or pleasure. Photography and videography via UAS are permitted for personal use, not for resale or compensation, and must comply with all privacy and safety regulations.
      4. Specialized use including but not limited to journalism and news reporting.
    2. Prohibited uses of UAS
      1. Operation in a dangerous, reckless, careless, or unsafe manner.
      2. Operation that violates current FAA, federal, state, or local laws or regulations.
      3. Operation that violates the privacy of any RSCC employee, student, or campus visitor.
      4. Operation that causes a nuisance, including but not limited to harassment, injury, indecency, offensiveness, interference with the comfortable use or enjoyment of RSCC property, and disruption of classroom instruction or educational mission.
      5. Operation that intentionally damages RSCC property or the property of employees, students, or campus visitors.
      6. Operation that intentionally harms or disturbs wildlife or plants on RSCC property.
      7. Operation at nighttime or with poor weather conditions.
      8. Operation within 25 feet of any building on RSCC property.
      9. Operation under the use of intoxication or impairment.
      10. Operation beyond the line of sight.
  5. Practice
    1. Any person who operates a UAS on RSCC property must submit a flight plan three business days in advance to the RSCC Police Department for written approval. The flight plan must include the operator’s name, address, date of birth, contact number, vehicle tag number, and FAA UAS certificate of registration number. This information is relevant in the event of an investigation of an accident or injury. Interested parties may submit their flight plans using the online form available at A copy of written approval by RSCC must be in the operator’s possession while operating the UAS.
    2. Any person who operates a UAS on RSCC property takes full responsibility for the use and liability while that operator is piloting the UAS on RSCC property.
    3. Employees, students, and campus visitors are encouraged to contact the RSCC Police Department at (865) 882-4500 if they believe a UAS is being operated on RSCC property in a prohibited manner as described in Section IV above.
    4. Any person who operates a UAS on RSCC property in violation of this policy may be subject to penalties as prescribed by law. Any student who operates an RSCC-owned UAS in violation of this policy may be disciplined up to and including dismissal from RSCC and may be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.
Original Date Effective: 02/26/2018
Original Approval By: Christopher L. Whaley, President
Office Responsible: Vice President for Business & Finance

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