Paul Smith’s College Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Paul Smith’s College regarding its recent data breach. The Paul Smith’s College data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to more than 10,500 individuals.


Paul Smith’s College is a private college located in New York’s Adirondack Park. Founded in 1946, Paul Smith’s College evolved out of the Paul Smith’s Hotel, a 19th century wilderness resort known for hosting presidents and celebrities. Upon its establishment, Paul Smith’s College became known for offering higher education in the hospitality, food services, and forestry sectors, adding various degrees and majors over time. Today, Paul Smith’s College offers bachelor’s degrees and associate degrees in everything from environmental sciences and business management to public administration and neuroscience. Located in Paul Smiths, New York, Paul Smith’s College manages a 14,200-acre campus, making it one of the largest campuses in the world. Paul Smith’s College enrolls roughly 1,000 students annually and employs approximately 70 individuals.


Recently, Paul Smith’s College discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, Paul Smith’s College determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information on August 27, 2022. On February 17, 2023, Paul Smith’s College began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

If you received a breach notification letter from Paul Smith's College:

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

If you were impacted by the Paul Smith’s College 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 any free credit monitoring services provided by Paul Smith’s College;
  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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