New ‘coasting device’ policy implemented for safety on campus

Many coasting devices such as skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and scooters are being used throughout the Southeastern campus. A new policy has been put into place stating that all coasting devices can only be used for point-to-point transportation via sidewalks.
This policy has been created due to the growing use of these devices, which has increased potential injury to other students.  This is not the only issue Southeastern is concerned about; individuals are also using these devices on the curbs, steps, handrails and ramps for practicing. There have been reports of damaged windows and cars as a result of people performing tricks on coasting devices.
Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president for Student Affairs said, “This policy was not prompted by a specific incident, but we have had several students injured when using these coasting devices on campus. This is a safety issue.”
Fortunately, there have been no complaints about this new policy because it does not ban coasting devices from campus completely. Students will still able to use these devices, but only for transportation to class. Those wanting to use their coasting devices for recreational purposes such as performing stunts and tricks may utilize the Hammond Dreamland Skatepark located at Zemurray Park (less than a mile from campus). Any questions on this policy may be addressed to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jim McHodgkins at 985-549-3792, or at Mims Hall Room 112.