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University of Evansville bans Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

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The University of Evansville has banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from campus because of the fire danger.

UE is the first college in the area to officially put a ban on the smartphones. A letter recently went out to  students notifying them to turn off their Note 7's and leave them unplugged. 

"I think it's a huge overreaction on campus and kind of a ridiculous step to take on such a small issue," student Mason Wilhite said.

This comes after multiple reports worldwide of the phones catching fire. No incidents have been reported on UE's campus, but to be extra cautious they decided to put a ban on the cell phones immediately. 

"We thought it was in the university's best interest to ban the phones number one for our students, faculty, and staff and secondly to help protect our facilities with the whole idea to try and keep everyone as safe as we can," Mark Logel Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management said.

UE hasn't said how long this ban will be last but they are basing it on how long the recall with Samsung is in effect. 

"A cell phone is so important to college students these days that even if somebody does have a Note 7 that one they have already probably taken steps to fix the issues themselves and they are not going to let a campus email decided that they can't use their phone anymore," Wilhite said.

Many students we talked with do support the school's decision to ban the device.

And how will UE enforce the ban?

"We would just raise the issue letting them know for your safety the phone was recalled by Samsung," Mark Logel Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management said.

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