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Miami University bans hoverboards

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Miami University students are being asked to not bring their hoverboards to campus this spring semester.

The university banned the popular self-balancing personal scooters on all of its campuses after reports that they can create safety and fire risk, according to a letter sent to students, faculty and staff.

"The use, possession or storage of Hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers and similar self-balancing scooters on Miami’s campuses is prohibited," read the email.

The hoverboards are battery operated and require electrical charging to operate.

Students who already have a hoverboard on campus are asked to call the Miami University Police Department at 513-529-2222 for assistance in storing it.

Banning of hoverboards has become a recent trend at many universities. The University of Cincinnati campus resident halls became a no ride zones for hoverboards. 

UC President Santa Ono tells says the restriction is all about concerns over safety.

“There's some safety concerns in terms of their battery. Some of them are exploding, some of them are fire hazards and so the safety of our students is really paramount,” Ono said.

At Ohio State University and Xavier University, students were told they can bring a hoverboard only if it came with a seal showing that the board meets certain safety standards.

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