U.Va. appoints student representative to cybersecurity task force
Student Council’s Director of University Relations Jalen Ross, a third-year Engineering student, will serve as a student representative on the task force commissioned by University President Teresa Sullivan last week to examine the breach involving more than 18,000 students’ social security numbers, said Student Council President Eric McDaniel, a fourth-year College student.
Council’s Vice President for Organizations Neil Branch, a fourth-year College student, initially called for a student voice on the task force in an email to Executive Vice President Pat Hogan, who Sullivan appointed to lead the task force which would include members of the offices of Internal Audit, Student Affairs, Compliance, and Enterprise Risk Management.
Pat Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, alerted McDaniel of the administration’s decision to include a student representative Tuesday. McDaniel recommended Ross serve as the representative. If there are any meetings of the task force before Ross returns to Charlottesville in late August, McDaniel will sit in as the student representative, he said.
Ross will offer an important student perspective on the issue, Branch said. “I think a student will have a great sense of the opinions, thoughts, feelings, and sentiments of other students, and will be able to give a notably younger and fresh perspective on the issue,” he said.
Council also changed its plan to create a blog post to serve as a resource to students explaining how to sign up for the credit monitoring service, following discussions with the administration which made it clear directing students to the phone bank would be more effective, McDaniel said.
Because different services are being offered to students in different situations — those who are under 18, those who are 18 or older but with no credit score, and those with a credit score — McDaniel said it was best to encourage students to use the phone bank to avoid confusion. “In the blog post, we didn’t want students to try and get confused, and sign up for the wrong program,” he said.
The number for the phone bank is 1-877-216-8137, and the line is active from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Affected students should enter the reference number 4647071513 when calling.