Interim Drone Policy

The use of drones for hobby or recreational purposes on SUNY Cortland property is currently not permitted.

The operation of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a state institution, SUNY Cortland is developing a policy to govern the operation by any person of a drone from, or above, the College's campuses or properties.

Until that policy is finalized and adopted, no recreational drones are allowed over any and all property owned, rented, leased or controlled by SUNY Cortland, the Cortland College Foundation and the Auxiliary Services Corporation.

This policy is established to ensure compliance with ALL applicable laws, reduce safety risks and preserve the security and privacy of members of all members of the SUNY Cortland community.

In the event that the use of a drone on SUNY Cortland property is necessary to fulfill an academic, research, or commercial purpose, the interested party(s) must contact Director of Communications Frederic Pierce ( Interested parties will be required to complete a “UAS Request for Permission Form”

Any violations of law (trespassing, illegal surveillance, reckless endangerment) or violations of College policies may result in criminal and/or disciplinary action. Students of the SUNY Cortland community who violate this policy will be subject to the Code of Student Conduct. Drone operators will be held responsible for all injuries or damage caused by a drone flying in violation of this interim policy.