Another college has banned "hoverboards" on campus because of their risk of catching fire.

"Rutgers University has decided to institute a temporary ban on hoverboards," William R. Scott, the university's chief of emergency services, wrote in a university-wide email.

Rutgers will keep the ban in place while the Consumer Product Safety Commission studies the safety of the self-balancing, Segway-like scooters, which have made headlines for several incidents of catching fire.

The "hoverboards" cannot be used, charged, or stored on any Rutgers campus or in any Rutgers building, Scott wrote in his email blast. They have been placed on the university's prohibited items list.

Other colleges, including Kean University in Union County, have also banned the devices.

Scott's full email is below:

Members of the Rutgers University Community,
As part of the university's commitment to maintain a safe campus, Rutgers University has decided to institute a temporary ban on hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters and hands-free segways. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has raised concerns about the safety of hoverboards and several agencies are currently investigating fires and injuries related to these devices. In addition, numerous media reports have documented incidents of fires during both use and charging periods.
Therefore, effective immediately, hoverboards are not permitted to be operated, charged or stored on campus or in any Rutgers owned building. This ban will be reevaluated at such time that the CPSC has concluded its investigation of the fire-related incidents involving hoverboards.
These devices have been placed on the prohibited items list under the University's Fire Safety regulations ( If you own a hoverboard, please do not bring the devices on campus. If you choose to use them off-campus, please be sure to follow the safety precautions outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the National Fire Protection Association.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your continued support of campus safety initiatives.
Should you have any questions or wish to report the use or storage of a hoverboard in a university facility, feel free to email the Department of Emergency Services at