APSU has announced it is banning self-balancing scooters, or “hoverboards,” on campus.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has launched an investigation and they have issued an advisory to the manufacturers, importers and retailers of the product. They said they believe there are risks of injury and death associated with fires because of the product.

As a result of the investigation and national reports of these incidents, the CPSC has recommended placing a temporary ban on these products until they can be better studied and understood.

Effective Monday, March 14, there will be no storing, possessing or use of the self-balancing scooters including, but not limited to hoverboards, Swagways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers and similar devices at APSU.

They will remain prohibited until safety regulations can be established.

APSU and MTSU are two of the first colleges in Tennesse to place a ban on these devices.

Across the nation, multiple schools have banned the self-balancing scooters including American University in Washington, D.C.; Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Emerson College in Boston; Georgia State University in Atlanta; Stevens Institue of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey; George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut; Suffolk University in Boston; Wellesley University in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Salva Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and the University of North Georgia.

For more information, visit apsu.edu/fin-admin.