July 06, 2016

New Interim Policy on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Effective July 6, 2016, the University has implemented a new policy regarding the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones). The policy provides, among other things, that drones may only be used on University property with prior written permission from the Department of Safety & Security; that drone use off University property will not be permitted to create a hazard to University property; and that drone use must comply with all applicable laws and may not disrupt University operations or disturb the environment of people in the vicinity. To view the full policy, visit safety-security.uchicago.edu/safety.

For inquiries regarding the use of drones for research purposes, please contact Michael Ludwig, Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Director of University Research Administration, at mrludwig@uchicago.edu. For inquiries regarding the use of drones for other University business, please contact Eric M. Heath, Associate Vice President for Safety & Security, at emheath@uchicago.edu.

Updated February 2018