Student records were inadvertently stolen during a theft
that occurred at the home of a Computer Science Engineering faculty
member on September 29th, 2006. Approximately 2,500 student records were
located on the computer that was stolen. These records consisted of
specific class rosters from the Fall of 2000 through the Fall of 2006
and included such information as the student’s name, attendance, grades,
e-mail address, social security number and UTA ID.
Although the number of students affected is a minimal
percentage of the UT Arlington student population, the university does
not seek to minimize the concern raised by this incident. A web site
has been launched and makes available several communication mechanisms
for concerned individuals, as well as a set of resources for monitoring
credit records and protecting your identity against fraud. The “Am I
Affected?” web page lists all of the classes that were included in the
data theft. If you have had no affiliation with the Department of
Computer Science and Engineering, and have not taken one of the listed
classes on the web site, then you are not affected.
Please know that UT Arlington is committed to doing
everything it can to ensure the security of any personal information
received from you, and to working vigorously with law enforcement
authorities to identify and prosecute those responsible for this
Not only is this email being distributed to make the
campus aware of the recent data theft but to also highlight the need for
everyone to diligent in protecting sensitive information. Over the
next few weeks the university will be conducting security awareness
activities to help educate the campus on the need of protecting oneself
against fraud and identity theft.
For more information on the recent data theft or to find resources related to fraud and identity theft, please visit www.uta.edu/datatheft, or contact the Office of Information Technology at (817) 272 2208.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.