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Hoverboard Use Prohibited on UW Campus

January 11, 2016

Self-balancing personal scooters known as “hoverboards” are not allowed in University of Wyoming buildings or outdoor pedestrian pathways, under existing UW regulations and policies.

The motorized devices are being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for fire and fall hazards, and many higher education institutions across the country have prohibited their use on campus.

Under UW Regulation 2-178, “operating, using or storing any bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, skateboards, roller skates or other similar device” in residence halls and all other buildings is prohibited, except when expressly permitted by the vice president for administration or a designee.

In addition, UW’s biking and skating policy states, “The use of motorized skateboards, motorized scooters and mini-motorcycles is strictly prohibited on all pedestrian pathways of the UW campus.”

“The safety of our students and employees is paramount at the University of Wyoming,” say Vice President for Administration Bill Mai and Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson. “Hoverboards clearly fall under the list of devices prohibited by UW policies and regulations for safety reasons.”

Any questions about the regulations and policies governing hoverboards should be directed to the UW Police Department at (307) 766-5179.

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