System Policy on Unmanned Aerial Systems

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The University has implemented a process by which researchers, departments and University-related projects can request permission to fly UAS on campus or for University business.  This includes both indoor and outdoor use of UAS on both Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.


  • Indoor flights of approval drone (UAS) projects on campus are allowed.
  • Outdoor flights on campus are allowed, after internal approval and subject to Part 107 regulations. 
  • Outdoor flights at non-campus locations are allowed for approved projects.
  • Flights on the Carbondale campus are further limited by a Part 107 Waiver from the FAA.