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Long Island University Notifies Students of 1098-T Data Exposure

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Paola Curcio-Kleinman,Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations
University Center,
Long Island University
516-299-2402

Brookville, NY - Long Island University is notifying approximately 28,000 students that their personal data may have been exposed to potential identity theft.

The personal data of all students who were enrolled at Long Island University in the calendar year 2007 may have been exposed. The personal data includes names, addresses and Social Security Numbers. This exposure affects the University’s two main campuses - Brooklyn and C.W. Post; and its regional campuses.

Earlier this week, University officials discovered that some IRS 1098-T “Tuition Statement” forms for 2007, that had been delivered to the Post Office in what may have been defective mailers supplied to the University, were damaged by Post Office processing machinery. Student names, addresses and Social Security Numbers on those forms may have been exposed.

At this time Long Island University has no indication that this data has been accessed or used by anyone. However, the University recognizes the seriousness of this exposure and the need to inform the affected students as quickly as possible.

"Long Island University deeply regrets that personal information may have been inadvertently exposed to potential identity theft," Long Island University President David Steinberg said. "We are notifying all the affected students by letter. We also have established a "Notification of 1098-T Data Exposure" link on the University’s Web site; we have set up a hotline (516-299-2553), and we are providing information to students that will help them protect their personal information."

Students can visit www.liu.edu and click on the "Notification of 1098-T Data Exposure" link for more information. Those without access to the Internet may call the Long Island University Office of Finance and Administration at 516-299-2553.

Posted 02/06/2008

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