Video: South Jersey University Bans Use of Cell Phone


GALLOWAY, N.J. – Stockton University has banned the use of a recently recalled smartphone due to safety concerns.
Samsung's latest cell phone, the Galaxy Note 7, has already sold 2.5 million globally, but recent reports of the phone's battery exploding have made the new tech a possible danger to owners and others.
“Here at Stockton, we’re a small city. We have about 3,000 students that live on campus and anywhere from 10,000 individuals that come on our campus each day. So we wanted to take a proactive measure and assure that the environment is safe, and free from a potential fire,” said Pedro Santana, Dean of Students at Stockton University.
The ban began being enforced at around 5 p.m. yesterday. All students, no matter if they live on campus or commute on a daily basis, were asked to turn off their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, in order to protect everyone on campus from the potential dangers they pose.
According to Santana, the students have been very open to the safety measure and he believes most see the bigger picture, however, not everyone completely agrees with the ban.
“I feel like for everyone’s safety it’s a good idea, but at the same time the safety of the people who aren’t here that need to be in contact with someday who is here that has that phone, it’s not really good for them," said Elizabeth Hartman, a senior at Stockton University.
There have not been any reports of fires or issues with the phone on Stockton's campus, but officials still took the step of banning the devices as a precautionary measure.
The students were notified of the ban via email as well as through social media. Until all devices have been recalled and replaced, they will continue to be banned on campus.
“The bottom line is, we don’t want it on our campus,” said. Santana.