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The students at the University of Virginia hold themselves to a high code of honor. Although professors are not bound to the honor code, we feel they should adhere to the students high standards. We, the undersigned, feel that the actions of Pat Michaels, a research professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, are analogous to an honor code violation. There are three criteria that we students use to determine if an honor code violation has occurred.

Act: Was the act of lying, cheating or stealing committed?
Pat Michaels has misrepresented the work of other scientists, in testimony to congress, in the classroom and in the press. This includes blatant manipulation of published figures.

Intent: Was the act committed willfully or intentionally?
Pat Michaels private consulting firm receives funding from the energy industry, a group which benefits from his denouncement of the importance of global climate change. It is therefore plausible that he has intentionally misrepresented scientific data for his own benefit.

Non-triviality: Would open toleration of such an act impair the community of trust sufficiently enough to warrant permanent dismissal from the University?
Pat Michaels testimony has had direct effects on the existence of inadequate environmental policies in the United States. His continued presence in the Environmental Sciences Department adds to his credibility and therefore aids his campaign of disinformation. Simultaneously, his presence taints the reputation of the Environmental Sciences Department.

We ask that the University review this case of potential academic fraud and take appropriate action.

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