I’ve heard of people not learning from their mistakes, but not universities. Sounds like the University of East Anglia just can’t seem to figure out that honesty is the best policy.
On February 27, Times Online has an article titled “University Tried to mislead MP’s on climate change e-mails.”
They’re pretty “cheeky” over there.
The university at the centre of the climate change row over stolen e-mails has been accused of making a misleading statement to Parliament.
They not only don’t tell the truth verbally…they even put it in writing.
The University of East Anglia wrote this week to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee giving the impression that it had been exonerated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). However, the university failed to disclose that the ICO had expressed serious concerns that one of its professors had proposed deleting information to avoid complying with the Freedom of Information Act.
Professor Edward Acton said:
a letter from the ICO “indicated that no breach of the law has been established [and] that the evidence the ICO had in mind about whether there was a breach was no more than prima facie”.
But the ICO’s letter really said:
“The prima facie evidence from the published e-mails indicate an attempt to defeat disclosure by deleting information. It is hard to imagine more cogent prima facie evidence.”
that the university had failed in its duties under the Freedom of Information Act by rejecting requests for data.
The ICO is still maintaining they can’t prosecute becuase of the 6 month time limit on FOID denials, which may not be true. If that is the case then it’s like the pot calling the kettle black.
I think the administration at East Anglia makes Dean Wormer in Animal House look pretty good. Maybe they should put themselves on double-secret probation for ahwile.
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