Audit Reveals Chicago State University Lost Equipment With Sensitive Data

A scathing report from the Illinois State Auditor General charges that Chicago State University has lost track of hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, including computers and other electronic devices, which may include sensitive or confidential data.

Auditor General William Holland says an audit by his agency revealed that 197 items, worth $248,825 were missing.

"Included in this missing equipment were 132 computers, servers, CPU's, or other electronic storage devices," Holland said. "The University did not perform a detailed assessment, and therefore was unable to determine whether the missing computers contained confidential information."

The report says six additional computers worth more than $8,000 were reported stolen, and three others were reported lost.

As with the other devices, the audit says the University was unable to determine if those computers contained sensitive information.

University officials quoted in the report said they agreed with the findings, and promised to provide better training for employees who have responsibility over the school's assets.

The school said that since the audit was performed, "the University has located 60 assets previously reported as missing."

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