- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The state Board of Regents has adopted a policy on the use of unmanned aerial drones at South Dakota’s six public universities.

The board approved the policy Wednesday at its meeting in Vermillion.

Regents General Counsel Jim Shekleton says drones are an area where technology has outstripped regulations. He says that unmanned aerial vehicles have the potential to be a nuisance and an asset.

The new policy establishes administrative requirements for universities that want to use drones and imposes limitations on where and when private users can fly them. An operator would have to pilot the drone during daylight and away from buildings, people and animals.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology President Heather Wilson says the school has conducted research into drones for years.

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