ISU bans hoverboards from campus housing, dining halls

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University is banning hoverboards from campus housing and dining facilities.

University officials announced Thursday that the two-wheeled motorized scooters will not be allowed because of fire-safety concerns.

The school’s interim vice president of student affairs Brent Paterson said hoverboards are banned because of concerns about them overheating and catching fire. He also said the scooters could be dangerous if students are riding them in hallways and other public areas.

Students have until Feb. 10 to remove hoverboards from prohibited areas.

University of Illinois’ flagship campus banned hoverboards from all campus buildings and facilities in early January. At least 20 U.S. universities also have banned or restricted the devices.

Hoverboards will still be allowed on public sidewalks on Illinois State University’s campus.