Whitworth University Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Whitworth University, regarding its recent data breach. The Whitworth University data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information belonging to an undetermined number of individuals.


Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college in Washington. With roots going back to a Christian academy founded in 1883, Whitworth University was officially established in 1890 with a mission to improve intellectual inquiry and instill Christian values. Today, Whitworth University offers more than 100 majors with a specialization in Bachelor of Arts programs, including communications, philosophy, history, and more. Recently, Whitworth University added a variety of science programs to its curriculum as well. Outside of academics, Whitworth University competes in NCAA Division III athletics and provides a number of spiritual programs and student clubs. With its campus located in Country Homes, Washington, Whitworth University employs approximately 150 faculty members and has an enrollment of more than 2,900 students. Whitworth University’s endowment is estimated to be over $200 million.


On July 29, 2022, Whitworth University discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information and protected health information in its systems may have been accessed and obtained. Through its investigation, Whitworth University determined that unauthorized actors may have accessed and acquired this information by launching a ransomware attack. On October 4, 2022, Whitworth University began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Passport number
  • Health insurance information

If you received a breach notification letter from Whitworth University:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Whitworth University data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in the free credit monitoring service provided by Whitworth University;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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