FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  June 15, 2007       
CONTACT: Marshall Collins 361.825.2427; or Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Notification Concerning Possible Loss of Student Records

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is currently reviewing a potential loss of several thousand student identifiable records. 

Blair Sterba-Boatwright, chairman of the TAMU-CC Department of Mathematics, took with him on vacation to another country a flash drive device that may have contained these files with personally identifiable student information, including Social Security numbers. He was using this information to evaluate student performance in mathematics, and believed that the information had been deleted prior to the trip.
 
Upon return to the United States, Dr. Boatwright realized that the drive was missing. He immediately notified University officials who, in order to take the greatest level of precaution, notified all students whose information might be at risk. Even though the University believes that the incident puts some students at low risk of identity theft, it felt that it was essential to notify them of the incident.
 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi deeply regrets this situation and is taking steps to support the affected students. The University will help them in every way possible and do its best to protect against this type of circumstance in the future.  The University will provide updates for its constituents via its Web site.