Guidelines for Recreational & Hobbyist Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) / Model Aircraft  On or above University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Property

Approved by Chancellor’s Cabinet:  12-15-2015

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recognizes that the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also referred to as “drones” is increasing. These guidelines are intended to set forth the minimal requirements for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems and shall be a reference for each campus to use to assist with compliance with Federal Aviation Administration, state laws and university policies. The University has defined areas where no drone shall be operated without expressed permission of the Chancellor or his designee. Additional restrictions have been put in place for any employee(Full Time, Student, LTE, etc) or University Program wishing to utilize a drone during the course of their employment.

Areas of Restricted Flight or "No Fly Zones"
Campus Policy On Use of Drones (by Employees)
City of Green Bay Drone Ordinance 27.3010

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):  A UAS is the unmanned aircraft and all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc., necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft.  A UAS may have a variety of names including drone, unmanned aircraft vehicle, unmanned aircraft, quadcopter, quadrotor, etc. FAA regulation applies to UAS regardless of size or weight. 
Model Aircraft: Model aircraft are distinguished by the FAA and have different regulations.   Notwithstanding, all unmanned, motorized devices capable of flight will fall under the guidelines and all operation of Model Aircraft shall be governed by the same procedures and restrictions set forth within.
University Lands: University lands means all real property owned by, leased by, or otherwise subject to the control of the board of regents.

These guidelines shall be adhered to by all individuals, groups or organizations which operate UAS from a location within University Lands or above any area which is defined as University lands.
Use of UAS or Model Aircraft by university employees or students as part of any university related activity or research does not fall into the recreational and hobbyist category and such operation are excluded from these guidelines.  University employees, students or agents operating a UAS for the purposes of University Business shall fall under the UWGB UAS Policy.

Any party, organization or hobbyist who wishes to use a UAS or model aircraft on or over university lands or property must abide by all below guidelines.  Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in an immediate termination of use of the UWAS/Model Aircraft and further sanctions as necessary and available.     

  1. The operator of the UAS/Model Aircraft shall be responsible for the operation which protects both the safety and property of other individuals and campus.  The owner and/or operator shall be responsible for any damage caused by the operation of the UAS/Model Aircraft.
  2. The operator must maintain unaided visual line of sight of the UAS/Model Aircraft at all times during use.
  3. The operator always operates the UAS/Model Aircraft at their own risk.  By permitting the use of these devices on University Property, the University makes no direct assertion that the University property is suitable for operation of these devices.
  4. The operator must abide by all federal, state, and city laws
    1. The operator must comply with all pilot and device registrations required by the FAA
    2. The operator must avoid flying through restricted airspace
    3. The operator must keep the drone within visual contact at all timesSee §336 PL112-95 (FAA Modernization and Reform Act (2012)
  5. The operator must have a clear takeoff and landing zone of at least 5 feet square at all times
  6. The operator may not operate a UAS/Model Aircraft equipped with camera/video equipment in any area where an individual would have a presumed right to privacy.  These areas include but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, individual residential rooms, changing or dressing rooms, campus daycare facilities, and health treatment rooms;
  7. The operator will may not operate a UAS/Model Aircraft in a fashion which harasses or disrupts any individuals quiet enjoyment of public areas on University Land;
  8. The operator must be familiar with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Prohibited Airspace Areas (map available upon request) and not operate any UAS/Model Aircraft in these areas;
  9. UAS/Model Aircraft may not be operated within 100 feet or any UWGB or other athletic contest, event or practice held on University land;
  10. Unless specific permission is granted by Public Safety; UAS/Model Aircraft may not be operated within 100 feet of any recognized campus event;
  11. Unless specific permission is granted by Public Safety, recreational or hobbyist operators of UAS/Model Aircraft may not operate any device in the interior of any campus building;
  12. In the event of an emergency situation, the operator must apply all efforts to direct the device away from people and private property to minimize any damage caused by malfunction.
  13. The operator must be courteous of any other aircraft or people at all times

These guidelines are subject to enforcement by University employees in the areas of Facilities, Public Safety and Residence Life.
Failure to comply with the above stated guidelines will result in immediate termination of the use of the UAS/Model Aircraft.
Continued non-compliance will result in removal from University Property, disciplinary sanction implemented by the Dean of Students or such sanctions as may be available under §18 UWS Wis.Adm.Code.

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