A Message from Dean Gentry - January 7, 2016
Dear College students,
Happy New Year! We are ready for your return home this Sunday, when the residence halls open. In anticipation of your return, we need to share both a concern and a temporary policy change.
The University is temporarily prohibiting the use, possession, or storage of self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards. The prohibition and concern for your safety is due to recent concerns by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the potential impact these devices have on campus safety. This prohibition is for all campus facilities, including residence halls, Greek houses, and university buildings.
Hoverboards include self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free Segways. If you own one, please make sure that the device is not brought to campus when returning from winter break. Several safety and consumer agencies are investigating numerous fires and injuries related to these devices. If you are flying back to campus or mailing your belongings to Sewanee, we also wanted to alert you that many airlines and mail carriers no longer permit the transport of hoverboards.
University violations of this prohibition will be handled under the University’s Fire Hazards and Combustible Materials policy and include a fine and removal of the device from campus. This temporary prohibition will be revisited when safety standards can be developed and implemented by manufacturers.
As you return to campus after the winter break, remember that campus safety is a community responsibility, and we share this information in hopes that you will take the same necessary precautions in your own homes, as our care for you extends to your families and siblings.
As I begin my second semester as Dean of Students, I look forward to meeting many more of you. Best wishes to each of you for a productive Easter semester.
W. Marichal Gentry C‘86
Dean of Students