Hover Board Policy

 

Dear Loyola Community,

Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of the campus community and thus, effective January 4, 2016, the university has prohibited the use, possession, charging, or storage of all electronic skateboards, self-balancing boards/scooters, hands-free segways, hoverboards, or any similar device, on campus or in any Loyola University New Orleans-owned building.

This policy was developed following review of the Consumer Product Safety Commission statement and in conjunction with the Loyola University New Orleans Risk Management department. We strongly recommend that all students review the statement from the Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to better understand the hazards associated with these devices (http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/Chairman/Kaye-Biography/Chairman-Kayes...).

Such devices have shown a pattern of combusting into flames due to unstable or defective lithium ion battery packs. When these battery packs fail, they often catch fire causing intense heat that can melt metal. These fires can occur at any time, including when the device is being charged, stored, or in-flight. As such it is with the safety of the campus community in mind that these devices will be prohibited until improved safety standards and regulations are developed.

The official campus policy states:

Hoverboard Policy
Effective, January 4, 2016, the use, possession, charging, or storage of electronic skateboards, self-balancing boards/scooters, hands-free segways , hoverboards, and any similar device are prohibited from all of campus property due to potential fire hazards.

If a device is brought to campus, then appropriate judicial sanctions will be imposed. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Robert Reed, at 504-865-3737 or rareed@loyno.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Robert A. Reed

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs