Virginia Tech has installed electronic message boards throughout campus, following a recommendation from a university committee looking at safety after the April 16, 2007, shootings on campus, the Associated Press reports. The school has installed the last of the 201 devices across campus, including 165 in classrooms, said spokesman Larry Hincker. It cost $243,700 to purchase 220 devices, which include 19 backup message boards. The boards–about 2 feet long–will normally display the date and time. In case of an emergency, the boards will display campus alerts. Hincker said the university is working to sync the boards with other systems that notify the campus of emergencies via text message, eMail, phone, and online messaging. With varying levels of cell-phone reception, and many professors prohibiting students from keeping phones turned on in class, the message boards offer another layer of campus notification…

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