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Drones Policy

On August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will place into effect the following rules:

Flying for Fun?

Flying your Unmanned Aerial System (aka Drone) for fun or recreation is allowed under FAA regulation, but remember, safety should always come first! All drones should be registered with the FAA and operators should also be in compliance with any FAA requirements related to the operation of the drone. This includes the restriction from flying drones directly over people. See Public Law 112-95, Section 336, Title 14 of the Federal Code of Laws, Part 107, which provides the FAA's regulatory guidance governing UAS's.

Here are a few things to remember when safely operating your drone at Clemson University:

  • Drones may be operated in designated drone zones on campus. Please visit: (Site under construction; Exact locations of approved drone zones are being negotiated)
  • All UAS operators are subject to SC Code of Laws regarding personal privacy, stalking and harassment or any other existing law.
  • Register your UAS with the FAA if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds; http://federaldroneregistration.com/
  • Label your UAS with your FAA registration number- If your UAS weighs more than 55 pounds, you must register with FAA by paper; http://federaldroneregistration.com/
  • You must be 13 years of age in order to register your UAS.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident in order to register your UAS.
  • Visiting foreign nationals must register their UAS upon arrival in the United States (online registration serves as certificate of ownership).
  • Read and understand all UAS safety guidelines.
  • Fly at or below 400 feet.
  • Keep your UAS in sight.
  • Never fly anywhere after dark.
  • Never fly over other people.
  • Never fly over stadiums or any sporting event.
  • Never fly while under the influence.
  • Do not not fly from a moving vehicle.
  • Always yield right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • Clemson University is located near a relatively busy General Aviation Airport so be aware of airspace requirements.
  • You must present upon request from CU Police, CU Fire, or CU Emergency Preparedness your UAS FAA registration certificate and Student ID Card.
  • On Clemson University Home Football game days, 1 hour prior to kick off until 1 hour after the official end of game, a FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect for all of Clemson University Main Campus area. No UAS's of any type are allowed ("No Drone Zone"), anywhere on Main Campus, while TFR is active.
  • If UAS is equipped with a camera / recording device, the UAS operator must receive approval from CUPD (Video Surveillance policy) prior to recording; https://www.clemson.edu/cusafety/documents/video-policy.pdf

Flying for Work?

Public Law 112-95, Title 14 of the Federal Code of Laws, Part 107, is the FAA's regulatory guidance governing UAS's.

Please keep the following policy in mind while on Clemson University:

  • You must have liability insurance for Clemson University-owned UASs.
  • You must have a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate.
  • You must be 16 years old.
  • You must pass the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) vetting.
  • UAS's must be less than 55 pounds.
  • You UAS must be registered with the FAA if it is over 0.55 pounds; http://federaldroneregistration.com/
  • You must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation.
  • You must possess a paper or electronic copy of documentation of the pre-flight check.
  • Always fly during daylight.
  • Keep the UAS under 400 feet.
  • Fly at less than 100 MPH.
  • Never fly over other people.
  • Do not fly from a moving vehicle.
  • Always yield right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • You must present, upon request by CU Police, Fire Emergency Management, FAA registration, Pilot Airman Certificate, and copy of CU invoice or contract for services.
  • You must provide the requesting CU authority the CU contracting department POC telephone number.
  • On Clemson University Home Football game days, 1 hour prior to kick off until 1 hour after kickoff, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect for all of Clemson University Main Campus area. No UAS's of any type are allowed ("No Drone Zone"), anywhere on Main Campus, while TFR is active.
  • If UAS is equipped with a camera / recording device, the UAS operator must receive approval from CUPD (Video Surveillance policy) prior to recording; https://www.clemson.edu/cusafety/documents/video-policy.pdf