The new trend of using hoverboards as a transportation method among students is now temporarily banned from UCF starting Jan. 13.

UCF Housing and Resident Life sent a letter on Jan. 9 to on-campus residents regarding the restriction on hoverboards being on campus.

"There have been several very concerning incidents in which hoverboards have ignited fires during normal operation or charging. The National Association of Fire Marshals has issued a warning regarding several incidences of hoverboards catching fire and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is in the midst of an investigation into the safety of hoverboards," according to the letter.

Due to safety concerns, UCF Housing and Resident Life has temporarily banned the use of hoverboards in all university owned and affiliated communities until further notice.

This is not the only technology banned or restricted from UCF: There are also restrictions placed on drones.

In August 2015, the Central Florida Future reported drones being forbidden on the UCF campus during football game days. 

In the article, "UCF PD announces new football game traffic flow, rules," Chief Richard Beary said, "We had a couple [drones] last year that flew in over the stadium. My biggest concern is panic. People aren't expecting it and, next thing you know, it's there, and when people panic in a crowded area, then more people can get hurt."

UCFPD spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said that the police department is currently deciding what rules should apply to drone usage on campus.


Veronica Brezina is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at

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