Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly known as drones) are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by federal, state, and local laws. Anyone seeking to operate a UAS on any university property, at any university-sponsored event or activity, or use a UAS acquired with university resources must receive advance approval in accordance with the UAS Policy Revision. Operators must also comply with all applicable laws and conditions or restrictions set by the University.

Want to operate a UAS?

Operation of any UAS on any university property or at any university-sponsored event or activity, or using UAS acquired with university resources, is prohibited unless first approved by the UAS Advisory Committee.

Submit a completed UAS Request Form for approval at least two weeks prior to the intended flight.


To report a UAS accident or adverse effect

Immediately Contact:

  • The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) – Telephone:  614-292-2121 or the appropriate law enforcement agency
  • Within 24 hours or as soon as possible contact OSU Risk Management.