Schools like American University and George Washington University have banned the device, where as schools like Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Arkansas have created policies that forbid the self-balancing device from dorms or other buildings on campus, Mashable reported.
"It's clear that these things are potentially dangerous," Len Dolan, managing director of fire safety at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, told Mashable. "These things are just catching fire without warning and we don't want that in any of our dorms."
"Some of these injuries have been serious, including concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions and internal organ injuries," CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. "CPSC engineers in our National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Maryland have tested and will continue to test new and damaged boards in search of an answer for why some models caught fire during the charging stage and others caught fire while in use."
But not all schools are turning away from the device. Some schools are fine with hoverboards as long as basic security measures are met. For example, Ohio State University and Xavier University students were told it's OK to bring hoverboards on campus if they can prove the device meets safety standards, Mashable reported. And Amazon recently stopped letting vendors sell the devices on its website if they fail to meet safety requirements.
Students seem to be on board with keeping hoverboards on campus. Allyx Teel, a sophomore at the University of California-Berkeley told The Times she wanted to buy a device with her friends through GoFundMe, hoping to buy a low-end one to use on campus.
And some, like MarketWatch's Kathleen Burke, feel that colleges may be "the last safe heaven for hoverboards." Though at least 20 schools have called for bans on the device, the majority of colleges are allowing the device on campus.
"The campus police at Marquette University in Milwaukee told the student newspaper they don't have regulations for hoverboards, and a spokesperson for the University of Michigan says the school also doesn't have a policy regarding the devices," MarketWatch reported. "However, if campuses follow the lead of airlines and cities, hoverboards could become the most popular transportation device you can't ride."