Virginia Tech plans on Wednesday to contest federal fines levied by the government for violating a federal law that requires colleges to notify faculty, staff, and students about safety threats, the AP reported on Saturday. The $55,000 in fines stem from the 2007 mass shooting on the campus, one of the deadliest such incidents in the United States. The fines were levied under the Clery Act, named for a student who was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Although most colleges pay such fines, Virginia Tech will make its case before an administrative judge in the Education Department in an effort to avoid a black mark on its reputation. The department found last year that the e-mail alert that went out on the campus at 9:26 a.m. on April 16, 2007, was too vague—it mentioned a “shooting incident” but not any fatalities—and too late.