- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island is investigating the collection and possible use of information related to email addresses, passwords and other data related to about 3,000 email accounts.

The school said Thursday it reported the matter to the state attorney general’s office.

Officials said they notified those affected to block improper access to online activities.

URI says an individual who is not a student or employee apparently collected generally nonpublic information inappropriately. The information related to some current and former students and included university email addresses, passwords and dates of birth of about 3,000 current or former students.

In several cases, one or more of the students’ personal email addresses and passwords were obtained.

School officials say they do not believe Social Security numbers, credit card information or financial data were involved.

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This story is corrected to clarify in fourth paragraph that university email addresses may have been obtained.

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