Drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
The University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin System, regulates the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for both recreational and educational purposes on all University properties. The University recognizes that the use of UAS devices (sometimes known as "drones,") has significant current and future academic applications, including flying to collect still or video imagery for commercial art or architectural models; performing biophysical analysis; monitoring crop or wildlife health, or to support forestry analysis and operations.
Innovative technology generally comes with public regulatory requirements for privacy, safety and security. The campus guidelines establish the minimal requirements for the safe operation of UAS and shall be a referenced for all students, staff, faculty and others interested in such activity on University property.
Although the Federal Aviation Administration identifies that individuals may operate unmanned aircrafts at educational institutions, as outlined in Education Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Memorandum, the following guidelines include minimal requirements outlined by the University of Wisconsin System.
Scope of UW-Stevens Point Drone Policy
The policy applies to all members of the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point community, including but not limited to University employees, students, clubs, organizations, vendors and any other individuals who may be operating a UAS as part of their employment, as part of any university-related research, instruction, or activity, or for hobby or recreational purposes on campus, to remain in compliance with UW System, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State of Wisconsin laws. The policy also applies to any person or entity not affiliated with the University who may operate a UAS on or over university property or land and includes recreational and non-recreational aircraft. Any person operating a UAS on university land is personally liable and responsible for complying with FAA regulations, state and federal laws, and university policies, and may be subject to disciplinary action and enforcement.