UNC administrators have taken steps to rectify the data breach that occurred at the beginning of November — but for many in the campus community, it’s not enough.
Thursday afternoon, faculty and students gathered for a community meeting concerning the incident.
The breach leaked the personal information of about 6,500 students and faculty, including in some instances Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses.
“There are no magic answers,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Matt Brody told the audience repeatedly.
According to a University press release, the safeguards on the Division of Finance and Administration computer that normally prevent unauthorized access were accidentally disabled. The files were then copied and displayed by an automated Google process.
Vice chancellors from across campus sat on a panel that heard the concerns of those in attendance, about 75 people.
The administrators leading the meeting apologized for the mistake and informed those in attendance of the services being provided to protect them, such as a free, year-long subscription to a credit monitoring service.
“I want to say that good, honest people make mistakes,” Brody said.
“No response is perfect and we are doing our best as the situation evolves.”