- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California university has banned hammocks and a sport called slacklining in certain areas on campus.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Sml5hi ) Thursday that the interim policy was created to protect trees, which are used to anchor hammocks and the skinny slack lines that students use at California Polytechnic State University in Central California.

The decision is drawing criticism from students who have rallied in protest and signed a petition claiming the university is trying to take away enjoyable recreational activities.

Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking with lines stretched between trees or poles. It can involve acrobatic tricks when participants bounce on the taut rope like a narrow trampoline.

Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier says the activities could be dangerous because students sometimes climb trees to set up the hammocks and lines.

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