TO: The Campus Community
FROM: Emil Fioravanti, Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety
RE: Campus ban on hoverboards
Effective immediately, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth prohibits self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards, on all campus property, including all residence halls and buildings. This ban applies to all hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, battery-operated scooters and hands-free segways.
If you own a hoverboard, please do not bring it to campus when returning from winter break.
This action, which is being implemented on campuses across the country, results from of reports of lithium-ion battery fires and injuries related to hoverboards. These issues are being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor news and regulations regarding hoverboards. If the products are deemed to be safer at a later date we will reevaluate this policy and update the campus at that time.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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