Notice of Data Security Incident

The privacy and security of the personal information we maintain is of the utmost importance to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (“Ivy Tech”). We recently learned that an unauthorized individual obtained access to a limited number of Ivy Tech email accounts between May 31, 2019 and July 11, 2019. We immediately launched an investigation in consultation with outside cybersecurity professionals who regularly investigate and analyze these types of situations to analyze the extent of any compromise of the email accounts and the security of the emails and attachments contained within them.

We devoted considerable time and effort to determine what information was contained in the affected email accounts. Based on our comprehensive investigation and document review, which concluded on November 19, 2019, we discovered that the compromised email accounts contained the personal information of some of our current and former students, faculty and staff.  We have provided written notice via First Class mail to affected individuals for whom we have been able to identify sufficient contact information.  Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient contact information to reach certain affected individuals through the mail.  These individuals’ financial account numbers were contained within the compromised accounts.  Their Social Security numbers were not involved.

To date, we are not aware of any reports of identity fraud or improper use of compromised information as a direct result of this incident. We nevertheless wanted to provide notice of the incident and provide some precautionary steps individuals can take to protect their personal information, including placing a Fraud Alert and/or Security Freeze on their credit files, and/or obtaining a free credit report. Additionally, we encourage everyone to always remain vigilant in reviewing their financial account statements and credit reports for fraudulent or irregular activity on a regular basis.

Please accept our apologies that this incident occurred. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in our possession and have taken many precautions to safeguard it. We continually evaluate and modify our practices and internal controls to enhance the security and privacy of our current and former students, faculty and staff’s personal information.

If you have any further questions regarding this incident, including whether you were potentially among the population of affected individuals, please call our dedicated and confidential toll-free response line that we have set up to respond to questions at 855-657-2227. This response line is staffed with professionals familiar with this incident and knowledgeable on what you can do to protect against misuse of your information. The response line is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.


– OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION –

  1. Placing a Fraud Alert on Your Credit File.

 You may place an initial one-year “Fraud Alert” on your credit files, at no charge. A fraud alert tells creditors to contact you personally before they open any new accounts. To place a fraud alert, call any one of the three major credit bureaus at the numbers listed below. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, they will notify the others.

 

Equifax

P.O. Box 105069

Atlanta, GA 30348

www.equifax.com

1-800-525-6285

Experian

P.O. Box 2002

Allen, TX 75013

www.experian.com

1-888-397-3742

TransUnion LLC

P.O. Box 2000

Chester, PA 19016

www.transunion.com

1-800-680-7289

  1. Consider Placing a Security Freeze on Your Credit File.

 If you are very concerned about becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft, you may request a “Security Freeze” be placed on your credit file, at no charge. A security freeze prohibits, with certain specific exceptions, the consumer reporting agencies from releasing your credit report or any information from it without your express authorization. You may place a security freeze on your credit report by contacting all three nationwide credit reporting companies at the numbers below and following the stated directions or by sending a request in writing, by mail, to all three credit reporting companies:

Equifax
Security Freeze
 

P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348freeze.equifax.com

1-800-349-9960

Experian
Security Freeze
 

P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013experian.com/freeze

1-888-397-3742

TransUnion
Security Freeze
 

P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016transunion.com/securityfreeze

1-888-909-8872

In order to place the security freeze, you’ll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. After receiving your freeze request, each credit reporting company will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.

If your personal information has been used to file a false tax return, to open an account or to attempt to open an account in your name or to commit fraud or other crimes against you, you may file a police report in the City in which you currently reside.

  1. Obtaining a Free Credit Report.

 Under federal law, you are entitled to one free credit report every 12 months from each of the above three major nationwide credit reporting companies. Call 1-877-322-8228 or request your free credit reports online at www.annualcreditreport.com.  Once you receive your credit reports, review them for discrepancies. Identify any accounts you did not open or inquiries from creditors that you did not authorize. Verify all information is correct. If you have questions or notice incorrect information, contact the credit reporting company.

  1. Additional Helpful Resources.

Even if you do not find any suspicious activity on your initial credit reports, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that you check your credit reports periodically. Checking your credit report periodically can help you spot problems and address them quickly.

If you find suspicious activity on your credit reports or have reason to believe your information is being misused, call your local law enforcement agency and file a police report. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report, as many creditors will want the information it contains to absolve you of the fraudulent debts. You may also file a complaint with the FTC by contacting them on the web at www.ftc.gov/idtheft, by phone at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), or by mail at Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. Your complaint will be added to the FTC’s Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be accessible to law enforcement for their investigations. In addition, you may obtain information from the FTC about fraud alerts and security freezes.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Executive Director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College named Doneisha Posey as executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging. This newly created position will serve as the College’s diversity and equity compliance officer and will be responsible for working with teams across campuses and Systems Office to establish a workplace culture that promotes success and belonging for every Ivy Tech employee. Posey will be responsible for designing creative ideas to increase employee engagement and will measure Ivy Tech’s effectiveness in serving the needs of faculty and staff.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the inaugural role as the executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging,” Posey said. “Ivy Tech is a diverse and vibrant community, and I look forward to building upon – and contributing to – Ivy Tech’s commitment to diversity, equity and belonging by working collaboratively across all campuses to foster an inclusive climate for all employees.”

Prior to Ivy Tech, Posey served as deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also serves as an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches Housing Discrimination and Segregation as well as Race and the Law.

Posey’s career includes serving as legal advisor for the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women Business Enterprises, administrative law judge at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and immigration litigation attorney in private practice.

“As we continue building a culture of connectedness with students and employees at Ivy Tech, Doneisha will put her civil rights and legal backgrounds to great use,” said Doran Moreland, Interim vice president for Diversity, Equity and Belonging. “The experience of feeling cared about, accepted, respected and valued is vitally important. We aim for excellence at Ivy Tech, both as an educational institution and as a place of work.”

As a native of Indianapolis, Posey holds her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Political Science and Global Studies from Marian University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy – Circle of Ivy awards more than $146,000 to Campuses

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy will award $146,711 to 61 projects. The initiative raises funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech Community College students. Circle of Ivy has a statewide reach, with a focus specifically on campus needs and projects that positively impact students.

Since its inception in 2015, Circle of Ivy has grown to more than 750 members, with 424 added in 2018-2019 alone. In four years, the members have raised more than $495,000 to assist in 180 projects.

Each campus voted on submitted proposals and the following projects will be funded:

  • Anderson Campus – Student Emergency Funds
  • Bloomington Campus – Alternative Spring Break Professional Development, Classroom Catchbox Microphone, Day of College Expansion, Enabling the VR Classroom, Facing Freedom, Future of Money; Field Trip to Chicago Board of Exchange, Give & Take Food Pantry, Interactive Whiteboard, Outdoor Learning Lab
  • Columbus Campus – Arduino Boards for Student Use in IOT Course, Diversity, Equity and Belonging Campus Programming, University Library Comicon, iGRAD Student Planners, Ivy Mac Tools, Robots for Advanced Programming, Visual Communications Department Camera Equipment
  • Evansville Campus – ASAP Educational Trip – Live it. Learn it.
  • Fort Wayne Campus – Chain of Lakes Correctional Facility Training Fund, Helping Hands
  • Indianapolis Campus – Advancing Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services, Bear Necessities Sharing Shelves, Early Resource Connections Center: Supplying Students Life Support, Healthcare Clinical Transition Scholarship, Underground Railroad in Indiana
  • Kokomo Campus – ASAP Enrichment-Fund-A-Friday, Cash for Completers, Ready for Success
  • Lafayette Campus – Latino/Hispanic Outreach Initiative, PTK Scholarships, Respiratory Therapy Preceptor Appreciation Week, Screening of Film “My Name is Maria De Jesus” Followed by Discussion
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City Campuses – Road to Graduation!
  • Lawrenceburg Campus – BIOL105 Red Wolf Sanctuary Field Trip, Making Student Travel to Indianapolis Possible-Salesforce Pathfinder Training Program, Service Learning: Improving our Community and Ourselves, Widen the Circle Conference
  • Madison Campus – Career Development Etiquette Dinner, Study Abroad and Alternative Spring Break for Madison Campus
  • Marion Campus – Women Interested in STEM Program Development/Emergency Funds
  • Muncie Campus – Student Emergency Funds
  • Richmond Campus – CNA Gait Belts, Community Outreach Wellness Supplies, Emergency NCLEX Funding, Enhancing the Psychology Curriculum, Go Pro for Professionalism, Ivy iClassroom, Small Scale 3-D Modeling
  • Sellersburg Campus – Exit 9 Art Club NYC Trip, Slide Dryer (Warmer) for MLT Program and MLT Model Lab, Transitional Transportation
  • South Bend/Elkhart Campus – Dress for Success Initiative
  • Terre Haute Campus – Increase Campus Transit Stops, Students Without a Plan, Women in STEM Scholarships
  • Warsaw Site – Emergency Textbook Fund, Loaner Laptop Program
  • Statewide – Project Jump Start Operational Funds, Single Moms Success

To learn more about Circle of Ivy visit ivytech.edu/circleofivy.

 

About Ivy Tech Community College

 

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

 

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations from friends of Ivy Tech. The Foundation distributes these donations as designated by the donor to support students and the College’s strategic initiatives.

 

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