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BOZEMAN — Montana State University officials are working on a policy that would restrict drone use on campus for hobbyists, researchers and commercial operators.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the proposed policy for "unmanned aircraft systems" or UAS was introduced during Wednesday's University Council meeting.

Vice President for University Communications Tracy Ellig says the use of drones on campus continues to increase leading to lots of privacy and safety concerns.

Under the proposed policy, hobbyists must get prior approval from the university to fly drones for recreation.

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Other uses, such as research, would have additional requirements such as a Federal Aviation Administration drone pilot's license for MSU employees, and insurance coverage.

Anyone planning to film or photograph with a drone also needs prior university approval.

The council is expected to vote on proposed policy in one month.

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