Nassau Community College on Long Island has called in the police to investigate the suspected theft of a computer printout with the personal information -- names, addresses, Social Security numbers and phone numbers -- of all of its more than 21,000 students.
The college is offering to enroll students in a credit-monitoring service and pay for its cost for a year, which could cost the college $500,000.
College spokesman Reginald Tuggle said the college's board of trustees met Tuesday night to work out the details of the credit-monitoring service.
Tuggle said the list -- a bound computer printout of all registered students -- was lost Nov. 28 when an administrative assistant in the college's Student Activities Office was working from it. He said the woman walked away from her desk for about 10 minutes. When she returned, the list was gone, and a search failed to find it.
Tuggle said it was too soon to say whether any disciplinary action would be taken.
The college also reported the situation to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.