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NDUS workers placed on leave pending breach investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota University System officials say three employees working in information technology security have been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of a breach on the system's computer server earlier this year.

University system spokeswoman Linda Donlin says the employees will remain on leave until an investigation into the security snafu is complete.

The action was announced Thursday during a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education's audit committee.

The names and Social Security numbers of more than 290,000 current and former students and nearly 800 faculty and staff were on the server, which was hacked in early February.

An internal investigation found no evidence that any of the personal information was compromised, but system officials are investigating the policies that may have contributed to the breach.