C14.0 Use of Skate Boards, Roller Blades (in-line Skates), Skates, Bicycles and Other Similar Conveyances

RIT is an academic community committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of its members and also to providing appropriate means of access and transit across campus and within buildings. In all campus buildings, public areas, pathways, throughways, roadways, parking lots and playing fields, members of the community, guests and visitors are expected to respect the rights of others, and to conduct themselves in a conscientious, respectful manner with the safety and welfare of others always in mind.

Use of skate boards and roller blades can be hazardous to both users and pedestrians if they are operated on walkways and thoroughfares that are intended for pedestrians only, or in areas that are heavily used by pedestrians. Users of these devices are expected to maintain control of their actions at all times and not operate these devices at high speeds or in ways that endanger the safety of themselves or others. Campus building stairways, corridors, and tunnel areas were not designed, nor are they intended, for other than walking pedestrian or wheelchair traffic. Campus throughways and paths were not designed, nor are they intended, for the use of these devices for stunts, demonstrations, or sport.

It is the university's policy to allow the use of skate boards, roller blades, skates, bicycles, and similar devices for transportation on campus in accord with the guidelines and parameters cited below:

  • In order to avoid injury, the use of skate boards, roller blades, bicycles or any other non-pedestrian transport conveyances will not be permitted within any RIT building or transportation vehicle. Roller blades or attached devices must be removed prior to, or immediately upon, entering the vestibule of all campus buildings or boarding any campus vehicle.

  • Skate boards, roller blades (in-line skates), bicycles and other similar conveyances are not permitted on the quarter mile or in designated "pedestrian" areas Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The use of these devices in all other areas is subject to the user's being able to control his or her actions, to operate at a speed that does not endanger pedestrians, and to not be involved in stunt/demonstration behavior.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in the following:

First offense: A warning ticket will be issued.

Second offense: A ticket citation and a $25.00 fine.

Third offense: Referral to Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services for appropriate disciplinary action.

An incident involving the use of these or similar conveyances could result in appropriate disciplinary sanctions in addition to receiving a ticket citation.

Non-members of the RIT community who violate this policy will be subject to "Persona Non Grata" status on the RIT campus. The parents of violators who are minors will also be contacted in writing regarding the actions of their children.

All skaters and bikers are encouraged to wear the proper safety equipment at all times.

Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Public Safety Office (x2074, Grace Watson Hall) or the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (x52114, Student Alumni Union 2464.

Responsible Office:
Public Safety and Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Effective Date:
Approved January 8, 1997

Policy History:
Edited October 2000
Edited August, 2010
Reviewed and Affirmed Academic Year 2014-2015
Edited November 2022 to update the responsible office
Reviewed and Affirmed November 2022