Connecticut College, based in New London, Conn., has disclosed a data security incident that was initially detected in March of last year.

In a press release, the college said it is “undertaking a thorough forensic investigation that includes leading cybersecurity experts to address a data security incident in which an unauthorized party accessed and/or acquired certain files maintained on the college’s computer systems.”

The college said that upon detecting the unauthorized activity in March 2023, it worked to quickly contain the incident, took steps to remediate the issue, notified law enforcement, and began its forensic investigation to determine what personal information was compromised in the breach.

According to the school, there is no current evidence that any personal information has been or will be misused as a direct result of this incident. Additionally, the third-party investigation of this incident includes an extensive and ongoing manual review of files that were determined to be involved.

Despite no evidence showing that any personal information has been or will be misused, Connecticut College is notifying those members of its community whose personal information was confirmed to be involved to detail the incident, what is being done to protect their information, and other measures that are being taken. The college also said it is offering free credit monitoring to individuals whose Social Security numbers were involved in this incident.

In a press release, Connecticut College Interim President Les Wong apologized to the campus community for the incident and said the school is “committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in its possession” and said it has taken additional precautions to safeguard personal data.

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