The University of North Alabama shut down its campus Tuesday after receiving four anonymous bomb threats by e-mail.

Authorities began searching buildings on and around the campus for any possible explosives.

President William Cale decided to cancel classes after the last threat was received about 11 a.m.

The summer session began last week, and hundreds of students, teachers and staff were sent home. Students living in dormitories were sent to a recreation center.

“Summer enrollment is pretty high, so the campus didn’t look that much different than it does during the fall,” said university spokesman Terry Pace.

Officials planned to reopen the school today.

Rick Mould, vice president of University Relations, at Athens State University, said if the local campus were forced to close for such an emergency, students would be alerted via e-mail. Announcements would also be made on local television and radio stations.

“We have student e-mail addresses that we send e-mails to,” Mould said.

ASU, unlike UNA, has very few students living in dormitories on campus - as few as 28, Mould said. Campus buildings also are close together, he said.

“We could communicate pretty quickly here, even if we had to go on foot,” Mould said.

College officials are on alert following the Virginia Tech shootings April 16 on the campus in Blacksburg, Va.

“Everybody’s still on edge after what happened at Virginia Tech,” he said. “You hope it will never happen at your campus.”

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