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Drones Policy

The following policy was last updated on November 13, 2017.

Flying for Fun? (Recreational users)

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.
  • Clemson University Public Safety recommends that you register your UAS with the FAA if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than: 55 pounds.  Whether you register your drone or not, you must follow FAA rules and any other regulation imposed by state or local laws.

http://federaldroneregistration.com/

  • If your UAS weighs more than 55 pounds, you must register with FAA by paper:

http://federaldroneregistration.com/

If you are tempted to not register your drone until late, be advised that there can be serious consequences for those folks.Civil penalties can reach as much as $27,500.

Under 18 U.S.C. 3571, there are even harsher consequences for criminal penalties. These can include hefty fines to the tune of $250,000 and/or incarceration for anything up to three years.

  • No drones over 55 pounds are allowed in the airspace over the Clemson Area without explicit, written approval from the Clemson University Office of Emergency Preparedness.
  • 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).
  • Fly at or below 400 feet.  Note: This is 400 ft. from above ground level (AGL), not surface level. That means you can’t launch a drone from the top of a 30 story tower block and climb 400 ft. from the launch area.
  • Keep your UAS in sight.
  • Never fly your drone after dark.
  • Never fly over other people.
  • Never fly over stadiums or any sporting event.
  • Never fly while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Do 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? (Business Users)

Public Law 112-95, Title 14 of the Federal Code of Laws, Part 107, is the FAA's regulatory guidance governing UAS's.  Typical business applications using drones include aerial photography, construction considerations (water lines / pipe lines) and sporting applications).

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

  • You must have liability insurance for Clemson University-owned UASs.
  • Contractors must provide a copy of the pilot’s Drone License (Part 107).
  • Contractor’s must provide proof of their liability insurance.
  • 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, CU Fire Department Officials or CU Emergency Management Personnel, the 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