UT Knoxville Lays Down the Law for UAS Operations on Campus

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UT Knoxville) is making its own rules regarding unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on “university property or in connection with university employment.”

According to an announcement from the university, anyone planning to operate a UAS on the UT Knoxville campus must get approval at least seven days before doing so. As associate vice chancellor of public safety and chief of police, Troy Lane serves as the campus’ UAS coordinator and will review the requests. Once he’s approved a request, the drone operator should carry that paperwork with him or her when operating the drone.

UT Knoxville highlights other key points of its new rules:

  • Drones may not be operated inside buildings, on university-owned streets or sidewalks, or in any way that disrupts events or endangers people;
  • Drones may not be operated above anyone not involved in their operation;
  • Drones cannot be used within two miles of Neyland Stadium during football games and for four hours before and two hours after games;
  • Drones cannot be operated before sunrise or after sunset; and
  • Drones must not be flown above 400 feet and must always give way to manned aircraft.

The university notes that all operations must also adhere to other federal, state and local laws.

The entire policy can be found here.

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