Permission needed to fly drones on campus

April 11, 2017 | News, UToday
By Staff

It’s spring and time to hang outside on Centennial Mall with friends, maybe play corn hole, toss a ball around, fly a drone.

But the UT Police Department wants to issue a reminder: If you intend to fly, remember to run that by them.

“All operation and use of unmanned aircraft systems, including drones, and model aircraft on or above University property must be preapproved by the UT Police Department,” said UT Police Chief Jeff Newton.

Requesting permission is simple. Anyone wishing to fly an unmanned aircraft system for educational or recreational purposes on campus should go to There, would-be pilots will find frequently asked questions, guidelines and a request form.

“This policy is designed to ensure the safety of the campus community in addition to protecting the privacy of others,” UT Police Deputy Chief Rodney Theis said. “Unmanned aircraft system operators also must comply with applicable federal, state and local laws in addition to University policy.”

Anyone who has questions after visiting the website should contact Theis at 419.530.4448.

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