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6:00 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Students on the campus of Louisiana State University remain evacuated after officials said a telephoned bomb threat forced officials to leave the campus grounds late Monday morning.

LSU officials said a threat was called into the East Baton Rouge Parish 911 office. The threat was significant enough that officials felt it necessary to have everyone leave the campus.

"We determined there was a need to evacuate the campus," said Associate Vice Chancellor Herb Vincent.

A state police SWAT team was sent to the campus to help with evacutaions Sgt. Len Marie said. "They have bomb dogs if needed to be utilized on site," Marie said.

The most recent text message was sent at 1:36 pm (2:36 pm ET), asking students to "stay off campus unless directed to return," and to check the school's website, lsu.edu, for updates.

Undergraduate and post-graduate enrollment at LSU is nealy 29,000.

Last Friday, two colleges -- the University of Texas and North Dakota State University -- were evacuated after bomb threats were called in to officials on both of those campuses.

At the University of Texas, a telephone threat from someone claiming to be from al Qaeda said bombs had been planted all over the campus. After a campus-wide search, no bombs or other devices were found.

(CNN contributed to this report.)

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