National American University in Rapid City is investigating whether the disposal of some student financial records was handled properly.
Someone found thousands of records including names, addresses and Social Security numbers in a dumpster and brought them to the Rapid City Journal. No identity theft has been reported.
University attorney Thomas Johnson says the university's position is that the documents were properly handled during a recent move from one campus to another or that they should have been destroyed "in a secure manner" by a contractor hired by the university. Johnson says the university will be investigating whether a security breach occurred.
The federal U.S. attorney's office and the state attorney general's office have offered to take the documents.
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