From: Fran Koerting [mailto:fkoerting@wesleyan.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 3:56 PM
To: all_studenton-l <all_studenton-l@wesleyan.edu>
Subject: Hoverboards Added to the Restricted Items List

 

Dear Students,

After consultation with the Middletown Fire Marshall and Wesleyan’s Office of Fire Safety, I am writing to let you know that hover boards have been added to the list of restricted items in university buildings,including residence halls.

To ensure the safety of the campus community, Wesleyan will not permit hover boards, currently linked to fires in 17 states, until the safety concerns can be addressed.  The campus-wide restriction, which includes residential facilities and other university buildings, is effective today.   As you return from winter break, if you have a hoverboard or other battery-operated scooter you are advised not to bring them to campus. 

Last month, a number of retailers pulled hoverboards from their shelves amid reports of fires caused by the lithium-ion batteries in the devices that are prone to malfunction and overheating. Many airlines have banned hoverboards on flights, and some retailers have suspended sales until safety issues are resolved.

With this restriction on hoverboards, Wesleyan joins a growing number of colleges in Connecticut and across the country that have restricted them from campus due to safety concerns.

We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for helping to ensure the safety of the Wesleyan community.

 Sincerely,

Fran Koerting
Director of Residential Life