NCCU bans hoverboards in dorms

— North Carolina Central University officials have banned the use and any charging of hoverboards inside residence halls on the Durham campus.

“Residential Life is instituting an immediate ban on the indoor operation and charging of hoverboards, also known as Swagways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers, etc., in all residence halls,” Residential Life director Ronnie Davis wrote in a campus-wide memo issued Tuesday.

The electric scooters have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after reports that the batteries in some devices exploded or caught fire while recharging. The Consumer Produce Safety Commission, which is investigating the fires, said hoverboards also are responsible for dozens of injuries after riders fell or crashed into objects.

Some retailers have stopped selling hoverboards because of safety concerns.

“There are plans for the development and implementation of a campus safety standard for these and other personal powered transportation devices by the NCCU Police Department, but until then, Residential Life is asking that these devices not be operated or charged indoors. This applies to faculty, staff, students and visitors in all campus residence halls,” Davis wrote in the memo.

,North Carolina Central University officials have banned the use and any charging of hoverboards inside residence halls on the Durham campus.

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