The University of Rhode Island has urged students to change their passwords after a security breach, involving nearly 3,000 current and former student email accounts.
URI Spokeswoman Linda Acciardo said the information that was accessed includes email addresses, passwords and dates of birth.
The breach did not include any social security numbers or financial information, according to URI.
University police are still investigating how the data was collected, and whether it was used or compromised in any way. They do not believe the perpetrator was a student or current employee.
"It was not a student or anyone currently affiliated with the university," Acciardo said.
The breach affected both current and former students, and the university says it has taken steps to notify everyone whose data was collected. URI has also notified the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.
Acciardo says the university first learned of the problem through another organization that experienced a similar breach.