Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Complaints made and complaints upheld

So the latest report by the University of Newcastle states that
"The complaints office received 215 complaints, 88 were deemed formal and 44 were upheld".

So 50% of the formal complaints were upheld but what does "upheld" mean in University-of-Newcastle-speak?

The public would think that if a complaint is upheld, then the person who made the complaint would be supported and those who committed the wrongdoing would be disciplined or removed and new procedures put in place to prevent the same situation every occurring again.

Think again - a formal complaint may be upheld if there is any minute action taken by the University.  So the complainant gets bullied, suffers physical and psychological harm, loses their job, career, personal and family life. 

BUT the complaint is considered to be upheld because the University does SOMETHING...... something like the following:-
  • lecturers are "counselled" about plagiarising students' work and presenting it as their own (Newcastle-uni-speak for "direct plagiarism of another person's work without acknowledging the source").
  • a lecturer is reminded of her responsibilities to other people's property (Newcastle-uni-speak for "Don't go into someone else's locked office when you know they are not here and steal one of their possessions").
So we, who have lost everything, should be pleased to know that our complaints were upheld by the University of Newcastle and this can be stated in their Annual Report and in the newspaper.

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