1,372 students and alumni affected, no identity theft has been reported yet
The Leeds School of Business sent out letters to 1,372 students and alumni because the school lost two computers containing personal student information, according to a university press release issued Sept. 22.
The computers contained social security information and grades for the 1,372 students and alumni. The missing computers came to the attention of university official Kenneth Kozar in late August when teachers requested the return of their computers. It is unknown whether the computers are misplaced or stolen.
“We might have stolen computers,” vice provost for academic and campus technology and ATLAS director Bobby Schnabel said. “They’re just missing, so far as we know.”
Kozar said it was hectic moving technology around at the close of the school year in May. The school sent letters to warn students of the worst possible scenario.
“We’re taking the ultimate in precautions,” he said. “We have an obligation to let our students know, even though we don’t want to publicize this.”
The press release indicates that no identity theft cases have yet stemmed from the missing computers. Loss of computers is not new for CU.
“We had some cases last year, but none involving Leeds,” news services director Jeannine Malmsbury said.
Malmsbury said Wardenburg Health Center and Buff One lost computers last year.
She said thousands of computers around campus still contain social security numbers for students, even though the university provided new student numbers.
“They’re apparently leftover files from before the change was made.”
Kozar said the university has not been contacted by any letter-receiving student.