Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Main Content

Faculty and staff conducting projects that involve the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (including but not limited to small unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and drones) must comply with all relevant government and University regulations.  The University has implemented an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) policy designed to protect the safety and privacy of faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the community; to protect University buildings and property; and to address liability, insurance, and regulatory concerns while facilitating the use of UAS technology. 

Any use of an UAS for a University or grant supported project, whether or not on campus property, must be appropriately registered and approved by the University prior to use. 

SIUC’s Plant and Service UAV Operations office, (453-6793) is responsible for providing oversight of any UAS activities and for monitoring compliance.  To allow the necessary time to gather any required federal certifications or approvals, researchers are encouraged to contact the UAV Operations office as early as possible.