Special Centralities from President Betz for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Special Centralities from President Betz
Re: Hoverboard Policy

The University of Central Oklahoma’s priority is the safety of our campus community. Due to recent concerns by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cpsc.gov/en/) and the potential impact these devices may have on campus and fire safety, the possession of, use and storage of self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as hoverboards, is prohibited in University of Central Oklahoma facilities (main campus and auxiliary locations) effective immediately. Students, faculty and staff who own one of these devices are encouraged to review safety guidelines provided by the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org).

As part of the university’s efforts to maintain campus safety and remain in compliance with its fire protection and prevention efforts, the university has also added these devices to the list of items not allowed in any University of Central Oklahoma residential facility, including student housing and the International House. Those who currently have a hoverboard in a University of Central Oklahoma residential facility should immediately remove it from the facility.

The University of Central Oklahoma will continue to monitor the ongoing federal investigation regarding hoverboard safety and may reconsider the provisional ban as appropriate based on the outcome and recommendations of national consumer safety investigations and/or best practices among higher education institutions.