New electric scooter policy on campus | UIC today
Earlier this year, the university adopted a policy on electric scooters and other low-speed motorized personal transportation devices on campus. To maintain the safety and comfort of all individuals on campus and to reduce the risk of injury and damage to university property, the use of such devices is prohibited on university premises. The policy is also designed to ensure compliance with Illinois State law and the ordinances of the City of Chicago.
The policy includes, but is not limited to motorized scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, all categories of pedal and assisted accelerator bikes and inline skates. It does not apply to wheelchairs or ADA related mobility aids.
“Students are free to use their personal means of transportation to and from campus, but should not use them after arriving at UIC,” said Kate Yoshida, program coordinator at the UIC office. planning, sustainability and project management. “The devices must be docked at designated parking spots on campus. “
The policy also prohibits the use of prohibited devices in academic institutions.
“Students who live in on-campus housing should refer to housing policies for the storage of their personal transportation devices in residences,” said Eric Pegues, deputy director of residence life.
Users of electric scooters and similar motorized devices should know and follow all applicable laws and municipal ordinances, including the use of protective equipment. Laws will be strictly enforced on city streets and sidewalks on the UIC campus.
UIC police are trained by staff at the Cultural Center for People with Disabilities on how best to approach students who use non-traditional assistive devices that do not violate the new policy. Enforcement will officially begin in February, but by then UIC police will provide information and reminders about the policy to those who do not comply. Formal enforcement will begin with an initial warning followed by mandatory fines for additional infractions.
Individuals who observe someone operating a non-ADA personal electrical device in an area prohibited by policy should report violations as they occur by contacting UIC Police at 312-996-2830. Staff and faculty offenders will be reported to UIC Human Resources and / or Faculty Affairs. Students who violate the policy will be reported directly to the Dean of Student Affairs. Repeated violations by an individual may result in disciplinary action.
“We hope this new policy will help protect users of these devices, those who use ADA approved devices and the entire UIC community while on campus,” said Yoshida.
Individuals and organizations on campus can download an information leaflet on the use of electric scooters and other personal motorized devices here.