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Hoverboard Restriction Set

Published: January 15, 2016

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University President Cullinan has signed a new health and safety policy that restricts the possession and use of hoverboards in all Eastern Washington University buildings and facilities.

"The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our top concern," says Cullinan. "This policy is recommended by the EWU Police Department and is in line with steps taken by other state universities in response to the fire risk."

Cullinan noted reports around the country regarding spontaneous fires linked to the batteries inside the self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards. The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission has warned that some of these scooters have ignited while being charged or used.

The policy states, at this time, hoverboards are not prohibited outside of buildings, but they cannot be stored or possessed inside residence halls, university apartments, academic or administrative buildings, recreational facilities, or any structures controlled by EWU.

"Because we don't have the means to safely store the devices outside, it would be best if students and employees do not bring hoverboards onto university property," adds Cullinan. "I am sorry if this policy creates an inconvenience, but it is important for the safety of everyone on campus. Thank you for your understanding."

This policy will be effective at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20. Students who already own a hoverboard can use temporary storage by bringing it to the Housing Office at snyamncut 104 during regular office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The ban will remain in effect until manufacturers have reasonably established the safety and reliability of these devices.

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