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.

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.

  1. If faculty, staff or students of VCU need to use UAS on property owned or leased by VCU, then they 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).
  2. If third party vendors or contractors intend to fly UAS on property owned or leased by VCU, then they must seek consent from Safety and Risk Management prior to the commencement of any flights.
  3. Due to the proximity to VCU Health, for flights taking place on the MCV campus, the UAS Use Committee has developed Guidelines to assist UAS operators in developing a safety plan for maintaining safe flights. Flights originating on VCU Health property should be addressed to VCU Health for approval. Please see the campus map to determine applicability.

VCU Specific Resources

FAA Resources

Contact Information

Thomas Briggs

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


FAQs for Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems