Personal photos and video may be taken by students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and other campus visitors for personal, non-commercial purposes. On-campus photography and videography must be consistent with Louisiana Tech University processes and guidelines and not interfere with the ongoing operations of the University.
Louisiana Tech accommodates reasonable requests for journalistic, news-related, non-commercial shooting, but reserves the right to deny permission when the request runs contrary to University policies, especially those that ensure student privacy.
Louisiana Tech restricts the use of its land or buildings for commercial filming. Express permission is required and requests will be considered on a limited, case-by-case basis submitted at least 30 days prior to shooting and in coordination with a sponsoring division, college, or other unit.
News-related filming and photography
News media may shoot news photography in outdoor, public, non-restricted spaces on campus. As a courtesy, news media are asked to notify a University Communications representative when news-related shoots will occur in any of these areas on campus.
Permission is required to shoot news-related images in all indoor spaces, including the library, classrooms, laboratories, residential, dining, and athletics facilities.
Non-news and commercial filming
Louisiana Tech University restricts the use of its land and buildings in relation to commercial filming. However, the Office of University Communications will consider specific requests involving photography or videography in television shows, movies, documentaries or educational-related projects related to Louisiana Tech subject matter.
Express permission is required and all requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to projected shoot date. All commercial film shoot requests will be carried out in coordination with a sponsoring department, college, division, or other established unit.
According to University policy 1310, Louisiana Tech University does not allow drone filming and photography without prior approval by the University’s committee to approve drone flight.
All Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations must comply with FAA regulations and any applicable State or Federal law, including Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:337. To view current UAS regulations go to faa.gov/uas/ .
Recreational use of UAS on Louisiana Tech Campus and athletic facilities is prohibited unless approved by the Louisiana Tech UAS Committee. All commercial and educational UAS operations must be approved by the Louisiana Tech UAS committee.
Filming on campus or in Louisiana Tech-owned or operated facilities for academic purposes is limited only to students, staff and faculty and others attending academic, sponsored and other programs that occur on campus and for which photography or videography is part of the program. Louisiana Tech students may film if their project is to fulfill academic credit or is the requirement of a class project.
Internal University projects
Divisions, departments, colleges, and other established units of the University are permitted to shoot video or contract video services for the purpose of video production related to the department, college, or division. Videos must comply with video-production guidelines from the Office of University Communications.
Guidelines and information
The following guidelines are applicable to all film shoots on campus:
- Filming must not be disruptive and must be done in accordance with all University policy.
- The project must not create a safety hazard for anyone involved in the project or to the campus community.
- Prior permission is required for all non-news and commercial film shoots.
- Indoor shooting is prohibited without permission from the University. If applicable, faculty members with responsibility for the space, such as labs, classrooms, or clinical research areas, must also provide approval.
- Appropriate releases are required for all individuals appearing on-camera.
- Various fees may be incurred during film shoots requiring University services, including use of certain facilities and, possibly, security.
- Facsimile weapons, pyrotechnics, explosives, amplified sound, sound or visual effects, and other props that would cause alarm to the campus community are prohibited.
- Commercial works that include the University’s name, logos or other trademarked images need to be granted a license from the University for use of trademarks.
- Members of the University Communications staff are not available to scout locations for non-news, internal or student video shoots.