DeSales University has recently revised its guidelines on the use of drones on the DeSales University campus. The following guidelines on the use of drones on University property are now in effect:
- Any University approved drone flights will be publicly advertised in the DeSales Daily in advance of such flight. Approved drone flights will be limited in number and must include a web request to University Police that can be found on the MyDSU web portal at the following link: https://portal.desales.edu/offices/police/police/Pages/Drone-Registration-Form.aspx. The use of drones on the DeSales University campus is limited only to approved faculty and staff members for official University business and authorized vendors.
- The University has pursued drone insurance for limited University purposes. For all drone flights, an approved drone pilot license must be provided, if required (depending on size of drone), and for vendors (if the purpose of the flight is approved) or subcontracted University related drone flights, proof of insurance and insurance indemnification for the University must be provided.
- Chief Steven Marshall of the DeSales University Police Department will determine whether any drone flights can occur on campus, and all drone flights must be approved and monitored by University police.
- Chief Steven Marshall of the DeSales University Police Department will review any special requirements related to drone flights because of proximity to airports in the area: FAA regulation states that anyone wanting to fly a drone must have written permission from any airport within 5 miles of where they wish to fly. The airport does have the authority to deny the request. (The FAA law is Titled Public Law 112-95 section 336).
- The official drone policy for DeSales University can be found on the MyDSU web portal under the Emergency Services heading on the Policies and Procedures tab.
- The use of student or employee owned drones is strictly prohibited on University property.