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Former Chico State employee involved in August data exposure faces criminal prosecution

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico State says upon investigation an internal employee is no longer employed with the University and is facing criminal prosecution following the August data exposure and publication of students' confidential information. 

"This person used his access credentials to expose and publish students' confidential information. He is no longer an employee of the University and is facing criminal prosecution," Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson said in an Oct. 5 email regarding the exemption request data exposure. 

The person was planning to leave the university before the university learned about the leak of students' confidential information.

The investigation also identified a faculty member who sent confidential information to the media that was published by the employee. 

"I'm disappointed that a faculty member put our students’ confidential data at further risk, which violates student confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The University is addressing this incident with the faculty member," Hutchinson said. 

Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey confirmed that his office is investigating the Chico State data exposure for prosecution. 

The name of the employees has not been released at this time. 

Action News Now reached out to Chico State for comment but did not get a response in time for publication. 

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