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Hoverboards like this one are now banned on the MVC campus. (Photo by Elisa Marques)

By Guillermo Amezquita

Hoverboards like this one are now banned on the MVC campus. (Photo by Elisa Marques)

Hoverboards like this one are now banned on the MVC campus. (Photo by Elisa Marques)

The MVC department of safety issued a new policy on January 14, on the prohibition of the mobile devices known as hoverboards. Due to the fact that there have been numerous accounts of the hoverboards exploding and bursting into flames across the country, the new policy went into effect on January 15.

Heath Morgan, vice president of student affairs, issued this statement:

This decision has been made in light of numerous incidents in which Hoverboards have started fires or exploded.  If you are the owner of a Hoverboard and it is in your possession, you will be given until January 15, 2016 at 4:30pm to have the item removed from campus.  After that time, Hoverboards will be considered an incendiary device and possession of a Hoverboard will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, Section 10: Use or Possession of Weapons and Dangerous Substances (please refer to 2015-16 Student Handbook p.32

It should not be banned because it is a means of transportation on campus,” said Lucas Othavio an owner of a hoverboard. “I have heard of accounts of them exploding, but i’m not too worried about it. ”

Since the new policy went into effect there has been one confiscation.

We have confiscated one and returned it once the student moved it off-campus. The goal is to ensure safety… all we need is to have them removed from campus,” said Brett Fuchs, director of housing and resident life. “This is a practice that many institutions have implemented due to the dangers associated with them.
For more information on the new policy please contact Brett Fuchs at fuchsb@moval.edu or  Heath Morgan at  morganh@moval.ed

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