Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit: Policy Contact:
Administration & Operation
Director, Compliance & Policy

compliance@mines.edu
1.0 BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) supports the safe and responsible use of
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV, Drones, or RPV) in research,
educational activities, and other endeavors furthering Mines’ mission.
Requirements for the creation, procurement, operation, use, and/or
decommissioning of UAV’s by Mines’ community members anywhere when
performed as Mines’ employees or as a Mines’ activity or event, (including
students, vendors or guests) on or above Mines property (or area of control).
2.0 POLICY
Take-off, landing, and flight of Unmanned Aircraft Systems must comply with
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) laws and regulations, applicable State law,
and Mines procedures and standards. Compliance with these legal obligations
includes UAS purchased, built, or acquired prior to the adoption of this policy.
Recreational hobbyist, and/or non-educational/academic use of UAS is not
allowed from, to, on, or above Mines’ campus.

3.0 PROCEDURES
3.1 Purchase & Insurance. UAS purchased, operated or built with Mines’
funds or resources, (including funds from research grants, funds, donations, etc.)
are Mines’ property. Mines’ employee(s) purchasing a UAS for Mines’ purposes
must inform the Compliance & Policy office prior to completing the purchase to
ensure that the UAS is covered under applicable insurance policies. The user
must inform Compliance and Policy Office when UAS are updated, enhanced, or
no longer in use for proper insurance scheduling.
3.2 FAA Registration. The user must register UAS with the FAA and affix
tail/FAA registration numbers to the UAS. Mines’ is the owner and the FAA
contact is the Compliance office.
3.3 Piloting. UAS pilots must obtain and maintain the appropriate level of
licensing required by the FAA. Pilots retain licensing documentation and keep it
on their person along with the FAA registration certificate during UAS usage.
3.4 Usage. UAS may be used for research, educational activities, and other
Mines activities when the use is pursuant to the following:
(1) a section 333 Exemption issued by the FAA;
(2) a Certification of Waiver or Authorization (COA) issued by the FAA;

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(3) the FAA’s small UAS Rule Part 107; or
(4) by following other FAA guidance concerning student operations.
The Compliance & Policy Office assists users in determining appropriate
requirements.
3.5 Reporting. Any injury to persons or damage to property (including
animals in the flight areas) must be reported to the Compliance & PolicyOffice
within three business days of the occurrence.
3.6 Responsibility. Users must comply with current FAA regulations and
Mines’ procedures and standards, including understanding safety, restrictions,
and locations available for flight, on and off campus.

3.6.1 Safety. Mines’ UAS user or contractor is responsible for following all
safety standards, (e.g., maintenance, training) and other steps designated by
Mines’ or the FAA. (See Resources)

3.6.2 Locations. The Mines’ Survey field (south of Mines’ Park) and the
EDGAR Mine (inside) are available for flight scheduling. Additionally, the Mines’
North IM Field may be used if pre-approved, not occupied, and appropriately
cordoned off.
3.7 Recording; Privacy. Recordings or transmissions from the UAS that may
identify person(s) may be subject to additional Mines’ policies, requirements, or
restrictions, and may require waivers, releases, or consent forms.

3.7.1 Research. For research on human subjects using a UAS, consult
the Office of Research Administration for more information.

3.7.2 Privacy. UAS must not be used to monitor or record areas where
there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. These areas include, but are not
limited to, restrooms, locker rooms, changing or dressing rooms, residential or
dorm rooms, health and/or counseling treatment rooms, and neighboring or
residential areas.
3.8 International Use. For UAS use in foreign countries and when foreign
nationals are involved in any Mines’ activity using UAS, the Department of Legal
Services and the Office of Research Administration wil assist in determining
legal requirements and verifying that requirements have been met.
4.0 COMPLIANCE
Failure to follow the policy may result in discipline to the person based on the
category of employment or student status. A visitor’s failure to comply may result
in other actions up to and including exclusion from campus. The Mines’
Department of Public Safety may request proof of documentation including the
pilot’s license, FAA registration (i.e., section 3) and the approval to take-off, land,
or fly in or above Mines’ areas. The pilot is responsible for carrying this
documentation, electronic or paper, during all vehicle usage outdoors.
5.0 HISTORY AND REVIEW CYCLE
The policy wil be reviewed at least biennially, or as needed by the Responsible
Administrative Unit.
Issued: February 7, 2017.

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6.0 DEFINITIONS
COA or Certificate of Waiver or Authorization is a certificate granted to
an individual or entity by the FAA, which outlines specific conditions for
flight and permits the operation of a particular aircraft, for a particular
purpose, in a particular area. An entity must submit a formal application
when requesting a COA from the FAA for either “public” or civil UAS
operation.
Campus Property includes any real property (“land”), buildings owned or
operated by Mines, including the EDGAR Mine.
333 Exemption Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of
2012 (FMRA) grants the Secretary of Transportation the authority to
determine whether an airworthiness certificate is required for a UAS to
operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA issues
the 333 Exemption to individuals or entities seeking to operate a UAS for
civil and non-governmental purpose and activities after the review and
approval of a formal application to the FAA by the operator and entity.
Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (14 CFR Part 107) provides
guidelines for licensing, registration, and operation of UAS/small Drones,
between .55 and 55 pounds (total weight including aircraft) by a Remote
Pilot in Command (rPIC).
Remote Pilot in Command (or rPIC) is a person holding a pilot certificate
with sUAS rating and may be referred to as the Pilot in this policy
Unmanned Aircraft Systems consist of an unmanned aircraft and the
equipment necessary for the safe and efficient operation of that craft. FAA
regulations apply to “UAS” regardless of size or weight, payload or intent.
A UAS is defined by statute as an aircraft that is operated without the
possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft (Public
Law 112-95, Section 331(8)). A UAS is also commonly known as a drone,
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or remotely piloted vehicle (RPV).
Keywords: drone, UAS, UAV, RPV, unmanned, aircraft, FAA, airspace, export
control, flight, recording
RESOURCES:


Fed/State/Local Resources
MINES Resources
FAA 14 CFR Part 107 Summary &
Mines’ University Facilities’ Use
Full Regulation
Manual
FAA FAQs on UAS
Mines’ Safety Worksheet
FAA Guidance Educational Use
Legal Services, 303-273-3325
Mobile app - B4UFLY (free)
ORA 303-384-3319,
Remote Pilot sUAS Study Guide
ora@mines.edu.
NTIA Voluntary Best Practices 4
UAS Privacy
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