Hoverboard ban to be effective immediately

Hoverboards, and not the kind Marty McFly of “Back to Future” uses, have been banned from NKU as of March 18, according to a special announcement from NKU. The ban includes the use, possession, storage and charging of hoverboards on campus grounds.

The ban comes in response to the recent safety concerns released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to CPSC, that along with the concern over the hoverboards being linked to fire hazards, fall hazards are also a concern for consumer safety.

Self-propelled scooters, self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free segways fall under the hoverboard umbrella of devices being banned from campus.

Other campuses have recently banned the devices from their campuses, including University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Eastern Kentucky University.

The CPSC is continuing on-going research in regards to the malfunctions of hoverboards. In the meantime, the university urges students to keep their hoverboards off-campus and to keep the safety of the entire student body in mind.