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Hoverboard Policy

The college recognizes that students, faculty, staff and visitors may use a variety of means of transportation on campus. Although personal choice is important, the college must consider the safety and well-being of the campus community and our visitors and college property.

In an effort to balance our concern for community safety and the ability to use these means of transportation, Purchase College, SUNY prohibits the use of self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards.

For the purposes of this policy the term “Hoverboard” includes self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters (e-scooters), battery operated bikes (e-bikes), hands-free segways, electric unicycles, and any other lithium ion battery operated instrument of transportation. These will not be permitted on campus, in any buildings or residence halls.

This policy primarily responds to recent reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission with regard to potential fire hazards resulting from lithium ion batteries that power these devices and the lack of safety standards in place for these devices.

Procedure for Enforcement/Noncompliance: “Hoverboard” users are subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with College Policy. Should anyone be addressed for “hoverboard” possession and/or usage on campus, identification must be presented to the requesting official. Any electrical fires must be immediately reported to the New York State University Police and/or Residence Life Staff. The college will seek restitution if college property is damaged or destroyed.

State University Police Officers are authorized to enforce the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. For non-compliant campus visitors, UPD may deemed them persona non grata. In addition, all campus officials including RAs are authorized to make referrals to Community Standards.

Accommodation: For those students who may require use of lithium-ion battery powered device for a disability-related purpose as part of an approved accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Resources, 914-251-6035, (Student Services Building, #316A),