The real reason for the ban should be that they don’t hover. False advertising at its worst.
First off let’s clear this up, the powered wheels with a platform between them are not hoverboards. The picture above shows what an actual hoverboard looks like and how you have to dress to operate them correctly. The hoverboards of 2015/16 are simply pretenders.
VCU also despises these pretenders and has banned them for the staff’s and student’s safety.
Email from VCU to staff and students:
To the VCU and VCU Health communities,
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently raised safety concerns about hoverboards, which can pose a potential fire risk. Batteries for the two-wheeled, self-balancing electric boards have been connected to dozens of fires across the country.
Effective immediately, Virginia Commonwealth University is prohibiting the operation, storage and charging of hoverboards and similar products inside all owned or leased property where VCU and VCU Health conduct business. This includes residence halls, classroom buildings, VCU Medical Center and related medical enterprises. The prohibition, proposed by University Risk Management and approved by President Michael Rao, will remain in place until safety issues associated with hoverboards have been resolved.
Please leave your hoverboards at home.
VCU and VCU Health are dedicated to the safety of students, employees, patients and visitors.
Assistant Vice President
Safety and Risk Management
Image: Back to the Future 2