Humboldt State University

Date: 3/12/2012

Important notice about your personal information

This letter is to inform you that Humboldt State University was notified recently about a security breach that affects you. On the evening of February 29, 2012, we learned that a file containing your name, address, and social security number was inadvertently disclosed to one individual. This individual notified us immediately and has been very cooperative in helping us investigate and respond to this incident. With this individual's help, the University understands that the file was removed from the individual's computer system. It is highly unlikely your personal information is at risk of identity theft from this incident, but we urge you to take steps, described below, to help protect yourself from it.

Humboldt State University takes information security seriously and has numerous procedures, standards and controls in place to protect the University's information resources. We have verified that this was a single incident. The involved department has procedures that are designed to prevent this type of incident, but those procedures were not followed in this case. Subsequent corrective measures have been taken to avoid a repeat of this unfortunate event.

If you wish you can request a credit report to look for unusual activity. California residents are entitled to a free credit report annually. You can request a report or fraud alert from one or more of the credit agencies at Monitoring and periodically reviewing your credit report is an effective tool in fighting identity theft. Additional information can be obtained from:

The California Department of Consumers Affairs' Office of Privacy Protection website at also provides helpful information for the protection of your privacy. You should consult it for information on how to identify and respond to suspicious activity.

Additional information about HSU's Information Security Program is available on our web site at: If you do not have access to the Internet you can contact us at (707) 826-3815. If you contact us, please provide your name and email address or phone number, but NOT personal information such as social security number.

Please note that the university will only contact you regarding this matter if you contact us first, asking us for information by email or telephone. We will not ask for your social security number, credit card or bank information.

In similar cases at other institutions, people have been contacted by individuals claiming to represent the university and asking for personal information. -We recommend that you do not release personal information in response to any contact of this nature that you have not initiated.

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Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-3011