The University of Texas-Pan American has confirmed the missing mobile drive device that contained the personal information of UTPA employees has been recovered.
The device was reported missing by a UTPA employee Tuesday, June 5 to the University Police Department.
UTPA administrators announced the device was found by Pedro Rodriguez, a UTPA grounds crew member for the past 29 years, while he was mowing the campus grounds in front of the University's Administration Building Tuesday, June 12.
Rodriguez turned in the device to his supervisor, who delivered it to the Division of Business Affairs, and confirmed Friday, June 15, it was the apparatus that was reported missing. University administrators have no reason to believe that a third party acquired the device or that any of the information contained on the device was ever accessed.
"Everyone at the University can rest and feel better now that it has been found," Rodriguez said.
UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas expressed her gratitude to Rodriguez and to the employee who first reported the loss.
"Pedro is the hero of the week, but both employees demonstrated the highest ethical standards," Cárdenas said. "It would have been easy for our employee to refrain from reporting the loss, but the employee took responsibility for her actions. We can all rest a little easier on this campus now that the information has been recovered."
Cárdenas said the University is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of its employees' personal information, and is in the process of reviewing relevant procedures to ensure that any similar occurrences can be avoided in the future.
"This has been a wake up call for us all on how we handle information. We need to be security conscious because security is everyone's business on this campus," she said.