Category: Housing

In an email sent to students today, Columbia Housing has announced that hoverboards (self-balancing scooters) will not be allowed inside residence halls at all starting in the Spring 2016 semester. Citing safety concerns, Housing also noted that the University is also considering a campus-wide ban of the devices which have been known to cause injuries due to exploding batteries.


Read below for the full announcement from Housing:

We’re reaching out to inform you of an item that will now be restricted from the residence halls. Due to recent concerns surrounding hover boards , self-propelled scooters and similar devices, we have decided to add them to the list of prohibited items in the Guide to Living. Effective immediately, hover boards and similar devices will not be allowed in any residence halls. This decision is in response to recent reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission with regard to potential fire hazards resulting from the lithium-ion batteries that power the device. A larger University-wide policy is also being considered due to fire and general safety concerns. Similar restrictions are being considered by New York City and at other institutions.

Residents who acquire hover boards over the winter break should not bring them back to campus housing. In addition, we encourage students to become informed about fire concerns associated with these devices.

With over 30,000 people in the Columbia community, it can be difficult to understand the individual struggles faced by some of our peers. Iris Washington, one of the staff members in Columbia Dining, is as risk of losing her home. As written on her GoFundMe page,

On July 29 of 2013 my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.she died July 24th of 2014 leaving behind a mortgage. My disabled daughter now lives in the home on a fixed income and can’t afford the mortgage. In April 2014 my daughter was hospitalized with a blood clot to the heart. In May she went under 4 hours of surgery to receive a pacemaker and after putting the pacemaker in there were unable to hook up one side of it. Long after the storm last week the house receive more damages the basement is flooded with water. And the Bank sold the loan to a collection agency and now the collection agency just notified me of foreclosure please help.

Iris, one of the people who normally works late nights at JJ’s Place, has worked in Columbia Dining for years and is loved by many of the students who visit. She is known for her peppy, yet sassy style and is one of the amazing people that works tirelessly to ensure a positive Dining experience for all.

If you are able and willing, you can help Iris by donating to her GoFundMe page here.

The Lion team would like to thank Alexander Birkel (CC ’18) and Keenan Smith (CC ’18) for alerting us to this story.

If you’re reading this, let us here at the Lion be the first to say, “Welcome to Columbia!” As you and your family get ready to officially join the Columbia community this August, we here at The Lion want to make sure you are as prepared as possible for adjusting to college life. Over the coming months, we will be posting a variety of resource guides to help you learn about what it is like to be at Columbia.

One of the major points to decide by May 1st is housing. To help you narrow down your choices, we have compiled a list of the pros and cons for each housing option available to first-year students below.

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