(Effective February 22, 2016)
Hoverboards are motorized personal transport vehicles typically used for recreational purposes. They are marketed under a variety of different names including balance boards, gravity boards or self-balancing devices and are powered by lithium batteries.
Due to the documented fire risks associated with hoverboards, UNC Charlotte has issued a ban on the possession, storage, operation and charging of these and similar self-balancing, battery-powered devices in residence halls.
Charging of hoverboards in residence halls is prohibited immediately. Students in residence halls will be required to take their hoverboards back to their home of record, or otherwise remove them from their residence hall rooms by Spring Break. After March 14, 2016, any hoverboard located in a student’s residence hall room will be removed and shipped to the student’s home record at his or her expense. Any infraction may be a violation of the Code of Student Responsibility.
The safety of all students is a campus priority. It has been demonstrated that batteries in hoverboards and similar devices are prone to explosion or combustion both while charging and during operation; thus, creating a potential fire hazard. To minimize the risks associated with the overcharging and operation of hoverboards, the University is restricting these devices from residence halls.
If you have any questions, please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at 704-687-7501.