Risk Management Services' programs provide proactive support for the strategic, operational and financial foundation of the University of North Texas at Dallas. A safe academic environment is the top priority of our department and our staff members. We help identify, analyze and mitigate risks so that the UNT community can freely pursue opportunities for growth and advancement. Our staff members also work to identify, protect and conserve university resources from loss. To achieve our goals, we work together with the UNTD community to help them proactively manage risks, implement preventative measures, plan for their challenges and work through any issues that occur.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, are unmanned aircraft used below the federal navigable airspace. They include associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc. UAS may have a variety of names including quadcopter, quadrotor, etc.
Drones are being employed in a wide variety of research and facilities applications such as animal tracking, agriculture, digital archeology, campus surveys, and infrastructure inspections. Students and staff are also increasingly looking to utilize drones for photography, journalism, and recreational activities.
The use of all UAS on UNT Dallas owned property or for official UNT Dallas business must be reviewed and approved by Risk Management Services (RMS) prior to operations. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, university contractors, and visitors, as well as indoor and outdoor use. This requirement also applies to all unmanned aircraft that do not meet the common definition of a drone (e.g., remote controlled blimps, model rockets, etc.). Refer to UNT Dallas Policy 15.005 Unmanned Aircraft System for more details.