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In mid-June a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources consultant’s laptop was stolen in Rome.

The laptop had access to information on almost 900 IANR staff and faculty, including their social security numbers, according to a statement from the university.

Once the individual realized the laptop was missing, they alerted authorities both in Rome and at the UNL Police Department. 

University of Nebraska spokesperson Melissa Lee said this prompted an immediate and ongoing investigation. 

In regard to the information, she said the university is offering a year of identity protective services to employees impacted by the possible compromise. 

Lee said Information and Technology Services is rigorously continuing to investigate. 

In the meantime, the passwords and access information have all been changed. 

While Lee said there is no reason to believe the data was the target of the theft, she said the university is encouraging faculty and staff to watch their accounts for any suspicious activity.