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Use of Hoverboards on University Campus and Property

Policy Statement 


Safety is the responsibility of the entire Columbia University community.  Due to safety concerns, the University bans the use of hoverboards (also known as self-balancing scooters or smart boards) on University campus and prohibits the use of these devices on campus grounds.  This ban extends to any and all property owned, rented, leased, and controlled by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.   

Reason(s) for the Policy 

This policy is established to reduce risks and maintain the safety of members of the Columbia University community. 

Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds

This policy primarily responds to recent reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission with regard to potential fire hazards resulting from the lithium-ion batteries that power the device and the lack of safety standards in place for these devices.  

Responsible University Office & Officer

Columbia University Facilities and Operations is responsible for establishing this policy.  The Department of Public Safety is responsible for enforcing the policy and the Vice President for Public Safety is the responsible officer. 

Revision History 

Not applicable. 

Who is Governed by This Policy

All students, faculty, employees, and the general public on Columbia University property are governed by this policy.  

Who Should Know This Policy

Any person who owns and/or operates a hoverboard on University campus should know about this policy. 

Exclusions & Special SituationsNone.


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