E-mail sent accidentally

Lindsey Reed

A technological glitch is being blamed for an e-mail concerning bomb threats that was accidentally sent to students.

An e-mail addressed to students that was sent on Friday warned that the university had experienced several bomb threats and that precautions and disciplinary actions would be taken.

But an e-mail that soon followed told students to disregard the warning.

Gene Tice, vice president of Student Affairs and campus services, said the e-mail was originally sent last year when there had been threats on campus.

There are currently no such problems with bomb threats, he said.

Gordon Johnson, director of administrative computing services, said their automated computing process sends out e-mails through a schedule. That schedule doesn’t specify a year, so only a month can be entered.

The automated process woke up at 3 a.m. and then sent a duplicate of the e-mail sent last year at the exact same time.

“We’re going to take corrective steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

The e-mail was only sent to students that were enrolled in spring 2003.

Johnson said he was not sure about the total number of students who got the e-mail.

Tice said he didn’t receive calls from students, but some concerns were expressed through e-mails.

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