Unmanned Aerial Systems (DRONE) Use at VCU

When you fly a drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones,” may be used for a variety of purposes, including Public Uses, Civil Uses (such as research and instruction), and recreation. Using a UAS requires familiarity with various regulations, an understanding of the public’s privacy and safety concerns, and knowledge of how to operate a UAS.

This page contains basic resources for drone pilots and enthusiasts at VCU. Drones must be operated safely; in compliance with the applicable federal, state, and local regulations; and in compliance with VCU’s University Related Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Policy.

Drone Use Approval Form

Individuals seeking to operate a UAS must submit a completed form to the UAS Use Committee. The request will be reviewed and a determination made within 10 days.

The UAS Use Request must provide all relevant information about the proposed flight(s).

VCU Specific Resources

FAA Resources

UAS Use on the MCV Campus

VCU strongly discourages recreational UAS use on the VCU Health System campus to avoid the danger of interfering with frequent, daily in- and out-bound medical helicopters.

Contact Information

Thomas Briggs

Assistant Vice President
Safety & Risk Management
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 827-2440


FAQs for Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems