Policy D21

Policy Name: Drone Usage Policy

Responsibility for Maintenance:   

Campus Safety & Security; Enrollment Development and Communications; Academic Affairs

  • Policy Statement

Onondaga Community College reserves the right to manage the use of college airspace and to establish the qualifications for operating an unmanned aerial system (UAS)—often called a “drone”—within it.

  • Reason for Policy

The operation of a UAS within the college airspace may raise issues related to safety, security or privacy. This policy is intended to ensure that at no time may a drone be used to violate reasonable privacy expectations of the campus community or compromise its safety.  

  • Applicability of Policy

This policy applies to all employees, students and visitors of the College.

  • Related Documents

Federal Aviation Administration regulations for the operation and certification of small, unmanned aircraft systems - https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/28/2016-15079/operation-and-certification-of-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems

  • Contacts
Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email
Consent to operate UAS within college airspace Campus Safety and Security Director, Campus Safety and Security (315) 498-2478 [email protected]
Consultation to Campus Safety and Security in consent to operate UAS within college airspace Academic Affairs Provost and Senior Vice President (315) 498-2923 [email protected]
Consultation to Campus Safety and Security in consent to operate UAS within college airspace Enrollment Development and Communications Vice President of Enrollment Development and Communications (315) 498-2988 [email protected]
  • Definitions
College airspace The atmosphere and everything within it that is above college real property extending upward from the ground to 400 feet above ground level.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Any mechanized flying machine that does not carry a person and is operated remotely.
  • Procedures

Any person seeking to fly a UAS within college airspace or facilities must obtain consent to do so by stating in a letter or email to Campus Safety & Security. 

  • Identification of the UAS;
  • Name of and contact information for the UAS operator;
  • A copy of the Remote Pilot Certificate of the UAS operator;
  • Proposed location of the operator during the flight;
  • Purpose of the flight, e.g., engineering analysis, mapping, public relations, academic research, pilot training, hardware/software testing, preventive maintenance, and non-image-based data acquisition;
  • Scheduled time of the flight
  • Duration of the flight; and
  • Geographic range of the flight.

The Director of Campus Safety & Security, in consultation with Enrollment Development and Communications, and Academic Affairs as appropriate, will determine whether to grant consent and respond in writing within 30 business days of receipt of such requests.


Approved by OCC Board of Trustees January 22, 2019