Radford University prohibition against self-balancing electric wheeled boards ("hoverboards")

Due to concerns from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and guidance from the Virginia State Fire Marshal regarding the safety of self-balancing electric wheeled boards ("hoverboards"), the Radford University Office of Emergency Preparedness and Safety, in consultation with the university’s Risk Advisory Committee, has decided to prohibit the devices and their chargers in all Radford University buildings and grounds including residence halls.

Hoverboards may not be used on university grounds, or charged or stored in any RU-owned, operated, or managed building. This restriction applies to all employees, students, volunteers, employees of affiliated organizations paid through the University, and visitors.

If you own a hoverboard, please leave it at home when you return to RU for the spring semester. Hoverboards found on or in university buildings and grounds, including residence halls, must be immediately removed from campus or may be confiscated.

For more information regarding the safety of hoverboards, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/Chairman/Kaye-Biography/Chairman-Kayes-Statements/Statements/Statement-from-the-US-CPSC-Chairman-Elliot-F-Kaye-on-the-safety-of-hoverboards/. The university will continue to review the safety of these devices as information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping our campus safe.

Jan 14, 2016