As it does with other highly regulated technologies of scholarly or other operational importance, NHTI seeks to permit unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to be used productively in a manner that fully meets institutional, legal, public safety, and ethical responsibilities. 

This policy provides direction to anyone possessing or operating a UAV on NHTI property.  Direction includes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration of specific UAV types, FAA, and state and local rules and regulations that govern use, along with specific sanctions for violating this policy. 

Definition of Terms in Statement

For the purpose of this policy, the following classifications have been identified: 

  • UAV: Any device that is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAVs can be remote-controlled aircraft (flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems. 
  • Micro UAV – Weighing less than one pound and made for indoor/outdoor use

Policy Statement

The use of UAVs can make significant contributions to college research and service/outreach in a variety of disciplines. Aerial photography with UAVs can potentially assist in college academic, land management, athletics, law enforcement, and other support functions. UAV regulation is emerging and multi-faceted. Particularly with respect to UAVs, public concern with privacy is well documented. UAV operational safety entailing both UAV equipment and the pilots who operate it remotely is regulated by the FAA, although the FAA policy framework is likely to evolve significantly; this policy will change and remain compliant. 


  • All individuals possessing and/or operating a UAV on campus will be subject to these regulations.
  • Campus Safety and/or other designated college official will enforce the policy.
  • All UAV operators must abide by these regulations:
    • The UAV must be registered according to FAA guidelines.
    • Before operating an approved UAV on NHTI property, in the designated perimeter, permission must be granted by Concord Regional Airport because of their proximity and FAA regulations. Concord Regional Airport can be reached at 603-229-1760.
    • The UAV must not weigh more than 5 pounds.
    • The UAV cannot be flown beyond line of sight.
    • The UAV may not rise higher than 400 feet in altitude.
    • UAV must not have a metal blade propeller.
    • UAVs must not be flown directly over unprotected people, property, and structures.
    • UAVs are not to be flown in a reckless or careless manner or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
    • UAVs must be registered with Campus Safety. Failure to register could result in fines, disciplinary
      action and/or loss of privilege to possess a UAV on campus.
    • Micro UAVs are not permitted in residence halls or academic buildings.
    • Operating the UAV beyond the established designated perimeters is strictly prohibited.
    • The UAV-approved perimeter is for general use at any time with approved permission as outlined above.
    • The secondary approved perimeter is for use by NHTI personnel during athletic events and for general use when there is no scheduled activity for the athletic fields.