University of California Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the University of California of California.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on institutional use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this institution's use of and/or research of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave


Dear Shawn Musgrave:

This is to acknowledge and respond to your California Public Records Act request, received January 31, 2013. You have requested records relating to use of drones. Initial search efforts by UCOP staff to locate records relating to use of drones did not turn up any responsive documents.

By providing you with this information, we consider your California Public Records Act request 13-753 to be closed.

From: Shawn Musgrave


Thank you for your prompt response. Since submitting this request, MuckRock has learned that both UC Davis and UC Merced have applied to the FAA for authorization to operate UAVs. Could you please verify that neither campus has documents responsive to this request?

Shawn Musgrave

From: Dan Scannell

Mr. Musgrave,
The University of California Office of the President does not have campus records related to drones. You would need to make your request to the applicable campus PRA office (see link for email addresses)


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