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Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicle and Motorized Hoverboard Use on University Property

Scope

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors

Policy Statement

A. Use of Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles on University Property

The University acknowledges the advantages associated with the use of non-motorized wheeled vehicles, including but not limited to skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, scooters and bicycles (collectively "Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles"), as a means of convenient and energy efficient transportation on campus. The University is willing to permit the use of Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles on campus, provided that users take appropriate precautions to protect the safety of persons and property. This Policy is established to address safety concerns of the University community posed by the use of Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles and to minimize potential damage to University property from the use of these vehicles.

The use of Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles is prohibited in the following locations:

  • inside University buildings;
  • on loading docks, stairs, banisters, railings, landings, ramps, walls, sculptures, benches and other seating areas;
  • on promenades and pedestrian walkways;
  • in athletic or recreational playing venues; and
  • anywhere such activities are prohibited by sign
Non-Motorized Wheeled Vehicles are not to be locked to handrails, handicap ramps, buildings, trees, or any other location besides racks provided by the University for the purpose of securing the vehicle.

B. Possession or Use of Motorized Hoverboards on University Property

There are numerous dangers associated with the possession and use of self-balancing motorized scooters commonly known as hoverboards. These dangers include, without limitation, leaking fluid, excessive heat, sparking, smoke, and fire. The National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are investigating hazards associated with hoverboards.

In response to these safety concerns, the University is instituting a ban on the possession, storage, and/or use of hoverboards on University property, including in all University owned or controlled buildings, facilities, and other structures, including residence halls and South Campus apartments.

C. Enforcement

Persons violating this Policy shall be subject to sanctions including but not limited to the following:

  • Students shall be subject to sanctions for violation of University policy in accordance with the University Student Conduct System policies and procedures.
  • Faculty, staff and other employees shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable University policies and procedures.
  • First-time violators of the hoverboard Policy will be issued a formal warning and given the opportunity to immediately remove the device from University property. Failure to remove a hoverboard from University property in a timely manner may result in confiscation of the device.
  • Visitors and other persons present on University premises (with or without permission), and failing to remove a hoverboard from University property in a timely manner once so directed by a University official, may be subject to arrest and prosecution for offenses including but not limited to trespassing. The Department of Public Safety will be responsible for enforcement.
  • In addition to or in lieu of any or all of the foregoing sanctions, persons violating this Policy may be held financially responsible for damage caused to University property, and shall make restitution to the University upon demand.

Policy Administration

Amended: February 2016
Amended: May 2011
Amended: August 2005


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