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Dean of Students Lays Out Ban of Popular “Hoverboards”

The pricey two wheeled toy is no longer permitted on campus or in dorm rooms according to an e-mail sent this afternoon by Dr. Joe Onofrietti, who wrote about the danger they pose as a fire hazard.

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Several incidents where a combination of faulty wiring and the lithium ion batteries overheating are known to have occurred, and the device can emit smoke or even burst into flames as one internet blogger caught on video.

In a follow-up e-mail, Dr. Joe specified that the college is asking for student cooperation in removing them from campus, writing that “if found here they will be taken and the student will be asked to remove them from campus as soon as possible.”

Any student who continues to use their hoverboard at Emmanuel would likely face consequence as a matter of failing to comply under the conduct policy of the handbook.

“Because of the fire and safety hazard involved they would be taken away when found,” said Dr. Joe.

Other Boston area schools have also banned hoverboards from their campuses including Emerson, Suffolk, Boston University, and Boston College.

In other important news: Heely’s are still a thing.

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Posted by on January 13, 2016. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to Dean of Students Lays Out Ban of Popular “Hoverboards”

  1. Hoverboards don't touch the ground!

    January 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Can we talk about the important issue… These things aren’t HOVERBOARDS; they don’t hover over anything! Theyre glorified hands-free segways.