An email sent containing sensitive data within the College of Business and Economics spawned a data breach at NC A&T where some students' personal information was distributed earlier this week.
The University said Banner IDs, birthdates, GPAs, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of COBE students enrolled for fall 2017 were accidentally sent to multiple accounts by a faculty member.
The following message was sent to all students at A&T:
I am writing to inform you of a data security incident at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University within the College of Business and Economics (COBE).
A faculty member accidently emailed a file containing sensitive data to a group of university students on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The sensitive data included Banner IDs, birthdates, GPAs, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of COBE students enrolled for fall 2017. Your information was included in the file. Although the email containing the file was deleted from all of the university email accounts of the recipients, evidence showed that one or more of the recipients accessed the file.
The university takes the protection of student data seriously. Faculty know that they are expected to exercise care in sharing FERPA protected information. I will stress to the faculty member who committed this error the need to be much more careful about sending email attachments in the future.
The school has asked students to reset your Aggie Access Online PIN to combat the problem.
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