Policy Purpose: As it does with other highly regulated technologies of scholarly or other operational importance, NHTI seeks to permit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV throughout the remainder of the policy) to be utilized productively in a manner that fully meets institutional, legal, public safety and ethical responsibilities.
Policy Summary: To provide direction to anyone possessing or operating a UAV on NHTI property. Direction includes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration of specific UAV types, FAA, State and local rules & regulations that govern use, along with specific sanctions for violating this policy.
Definition of Terms in Statement: For the purpose of this policy on UAV’s, the following classifications have been identified:
UAV - Any device which is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAV’s can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems.
FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
“Micro” (UAV) – Weighing less than one pound and made for indoor/outdoor use”
Policy Statement: The use of UAV’s can make significant contributions to College research and service/outreach in a variety of disciplines. Additionally, aerial photography with UAVs can potentially assist in College Academic (Study, Research), 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 in the near future, this policy will change and remain compliant.
- All individuals possessing and/or operating a UAV on campus will be subject to these regulations.
- The Department of Campus Safety and/or other designated college official will enforce the policy.
All UAV Operators must abide by these regulations:
- 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 due to their proximity and FAA regulations. Concord Regional Airport can be reached at 603-229-1760.
- UAV must not weigh more than five 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 metal blade propeller.
- UAV’s must not be flown directly over unprotected people, property and structures.
- UAV’s are not to be flown in a reckless or careless manner or under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
- UAV’s must be registered with Campus Safety. Failure to register could result in fines, disciplinary action and/or loss of privilege to possess UAV on campus.
- UAV’s that are “micro”, less than 1 pound and made for indoor/outdoor use are not permitted in Residence Halls or Academic building.
- Operating the UAV beyond the established designated perimeters are strictly prohibited.
The UAV approved perimeter shaded grey is for general use at any time with approved permission as outlined above.
The secondary approved perimeter shaded orange is for use by NHTI personnel during athletic events and for general use when there is no scheduled activity for the athletic fields.
The College President or their designee may allow for use of an UAV to be utilized outside of the designated perimeter for such reasons as outlaid in the policy statement.
Sanctions for violating this policy may include:
- VERBAL WARNING - a verbal notice advising the individual that they are violating or have violated institutional policy.
- WRITTEN WARNING/PROBATION - a written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the individual is found during the period of probation to be violating any institutional regulations;
- LOSS OF PRIVILEGES – denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time (e.g., social probation, vehicular privileges, deactivation of a group, limited access to facilities, Persona Non Grata);
- FINES – previously established and published fines may be imposed;
- RESTITUTION - compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement;
- RESIDENCE HALL SUSPENSION – separation from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the individual, group, or organization is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission will be specified;
- RESIDENCE HALL EXPULSION – permanent separation from the residence halls;
- COLLEGE SUSPENSION – separation from the college for a definite period of time, after which the student, group, or organization is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission will be specified;
- COLLEGE DISMISSAL/EXPULSION – permanent separation from all CCSNH colleges which may include loss of campus visitation privileges.
- EDUCATIONAL OR SERVICE SANCTIONS – imposed in addition to or in lieu of the above sanctions; examples of such sanctions include but are not limited to work assignments, service to the college, written letter of apology, mandatory meetings with a college official. Such sanctions require the approval of any person(s) whose participation is required for the completion of the sanction(s).
- INTERIM SANCTIONS - In certain circumstances, the President or Vice Presidents of the college, or a designee, may impose a sanction prior to the hearing before a judicial body. Interim sanctions may be imposed only a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation of college property; b) to ensure the individuals own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) to ensure the normal operations of the college. Notification of the imposition of Interim Sanctions must be communicated to the Judicial Advisor as soon as is practical, as well as to the appropriate Vice President (if the Vice President did not originate the imposition of sanctions).