Wednesday, January 21, 2015

U. of Oregon Scrambles to Retrieve 22,000 Records Released to Professor

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 21st, 2015

Administrators at the University of Oregon are scrambling after 22,000 records were released to a university professor before confidential information about faculty members, staff members, and students were removed, reports The Oregonian. Two college employees have been put on leave, and the professor who requested the documents has been asked to give them back without sharing them publicly. Only one record has been shared externally, Tobin Klinger, a college spokesman, told the newspaper.
Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, sent an email to colleagues on Tuesday night saying no financial or medical records had been released. “We are committed to taking steps to mitigate the potential injury associated with this situation,” he wrote. Included in the documents were correspondence to and from the last four university presidents, Mr. Klinger said.
Mr. Klinger added that it was unclear whether the unnamed professor would return the records. “We’ve made the initial outreach,” he said. “The ball is in the professor’s court.”

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