In response to recent reports about the safety of hoverboards, Shippensburg University is banning the devices from campus.

In recent weeks, there have been a number of reports in the media that have shown the potential dangers presented by hoverboards. While the devices pose risk of injuries to novice riders, the more serious problem that has been reported is the number of hoverboards that have caught fire and in at least one case destroyed a home.

A fire in a campus building, especially in a residence hall, caused by a hoverboard is an unacceptable safety risk and, after careful consideration, the university has banned hoverboards effective immediately from campus. This ban applies to all outside locations and within all buildings.

The safety of all members of the campus is a top priority and the university is not willing to take the risk that one could cause a fire that may result in injury to or the death of a member of the campus.

The ban will be reviewed as new information becomes available but for now it is in the best interest of the campus community that hoverboards are not allowed on campus.