UC NOTIFIES STUDENTS OF PROBLEMS ON APPLICATION STATUS WEB SITE
The University of California is contacting 2,156 applicants to let them know that their Social Security numbers and other personal information may have been viewed online by other applicants. Financial information and actual admission decisions are not among the information that may have been mistakenly displayed to other applicants.
Letters were sent yesterday (March 11) to 108 applicants who had some information displayed to other applicants between Nov. 11, 2003, and March 1, 2004. The group of 108 was identified on March 10.
As an extra precaution, letters are going out today (March 12) and Saturday (March 13) to 2,048 applicants whose information may potentially have been displayed during the same period. This group was identified on March 11. Work is underway to identify a third group of applicants who may also have had their information displayed, and they will be contacted next week.
UC received a total of 98,658 on-time freshman and transfer applications for Fall 2004. Applicants are being notified of admissions decisions this month.
"The University of California takes very seriously our responsibility to safeguard personal information entrusted to us," said Dennis Galligani, associate vice president for student academic services. "We are very distressed about this situation and hope students will accept our apologies for any concern it may cause them."
The problem occurred on a UC application status Web site where students can update their application information. This is not the website where students apply or obtain admissions decision information. Access to the affected Web site is limited to current applicants with user identifications and passwords.
Some students may have seen some information from another students' applications, including name, address, date of birth, e-mail address, phone number, citizenship status, entering level, last/current school attended, SAT and/or ACT test scores, and term, campuses, and majors to which the person had applied.
No financial information was revealed.
UC is working with the external vendor that serves as a clearinghouse for application data systems for UC's nine undergraduate campuses to ensure that this problem does not happen again.
Concerned applicants can call 800-523-2048 (in California) or 925-808-2181 (outside California) for additional information.
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