CofC bans hoverboards over safety concerns

CofC bans hoverboards over safety concerns

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The College of Charleston has joined a growing list of colleges prohibiting students from bringing hoverboards on campus.

"Following the guidance of the [National Fire Protection Association], the College of Charleston is prohibiting Hoverboard devices from being in any of our buildings, including all residence halls or houses, until further research is considered and a formal policy is adopted," Dean of Students Dr. Jeri Cabot said in a statement Thursday. "Effective immediately, the use, possession, or storage of  Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers, and similar devices are prohibited in any building until safety standards for them can be developed and implemented."

The University of South Carolina banned hoverboards from residence halls in a message to students returning from Christmas break.

A USC spokesman says there is already an existing ban on motorized vehicles in residence halls, and reports of fires and increased accidents involving the popular, new hoverboards, led USC Housing officials to issue a separate message to students regarding hoverboards.

Spokesman Jeffrey Stensland also says there is some discussion about a larger campus-wide ban, but no decision has been made.

Earlier this month, CofC officials said they were reviewing policies and procedures to determine their next step.

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