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Memorial University says sometime between Aug. 15 and 18, three computers were taken from the School of Social Work. (CBC)

Memorial University is dealing with a privacy breach after three desktop computers were stolen from the School of Social Work on its St. John's campus.

Communications Director Dave Sorensen said the computers were stolen from temporary offices in Coughlan College about two weeks ago.

Sorenson said the university is still investigating, but it looks like personal information of nine people was on the hard drives.

"It was information, letters to potential faculty members for short-term contracts; and also letters to people who were offering to volunteer for a School of Social Work reunion," he said. 

Sorensen said no other confidential student or employee information was stored on the computers, and the incident is not considered to be a wide-spread privacy breach.

He added that Memorial has stepped up security at Coughlan College building since the break-in.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was contacted and is now investigating the theft.