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Western New England University Bans Hoverboards from Campus

SPRINGFIELD — Due to safety concerns associated with hoverboards raised by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the potential impact to the safety of the campus community, Western New England University has instituted a ban on these devices.

In an e-mail sent to all returning students, staff, and faculty, Vice President and Dean of Students Jeanne Hart-Steffes distributed the following notice:

“Happy New Year Golden Bears! We can’t wait to see you — but please leave your hoverboards at home. Because of fire concerns, the use, possession, or storage of hoverboards is prohibited in university-owned or managed buildings, including residence and dining halls. Residential students should not bring them to campus; they are not permitted in university housing. Like other prohibited items, if found, these items will be confiscated.”

“This policy is effective immediately. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the safety of hoverboards and their potential to overheat and catch fire. The National Fire Protection Assoc. has also issued a warning on the popular recreational device. Thus far, 22 hoverboards have caught on fire in 17 states, and those numbers will likely increase. Due to this risk to the public, several major U.S. airlines have banned hoverboards on planes. Rail and bus lines are considering similar action.

“Western New England University has joined many colleges and universities across the country and internationally in restricting or banning their presence on campus for the safety of our community.”

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