EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – It seems unlikely you would misplace something like your computer. Imagine losing track of nearly 100 computers. That's what happened at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
On top of that, someone stole $7,000 from the School of Education.
The same problems exist on a larger scale at the SIU-Carbondale campus. Combined, we're talking about more than $40,000 stolen and 350 lost or stolen computers. And the university was slow to recognize the thefts.
Add to that several cases where SIU compromised students' personal information and it's not a pretty picture a state audit paints of the workings of the university.
The president of SIU says he takes these deficiencies seriously. He says in such a large, complex organization, oversights and mistakes will happen but he's putting plans in place to correct those problems, keep them from happening again, and when they do happen, to detect them faster.
"If it's losing money it could be used for something beneficial and if it's not there then, you know, it's really tough on the students as well as the faculty if they need those equipments, the students need those equipments, so if they're gone or someone's taken them, it's really unfair," said SIUE sophomore Gabriel Msengi.
The $7,000 theft from the School of Education happened almost two years ago. Just Thursday, police arrested a woman in connection with the crime.