Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Posters and Banners Policy

In March this year, our anti-bullying posters were pulled down by campus security at the University of Newcastle.  We were told by Security that the Vice Chanceller, Professor Nick Saunders, had ordered the posters to be taken down. 

The University's Policy on posters stated that it "aims to allow freedom of expression and the free flow of information" and that posters should be of student interest.  Posters did NOT have to be approved or stamped.

On this website (see Post 27th March 2011), we highlighted the irrelevance and/or commercial nature of other posters which are allowed to be placed on campus.

Now the University has a NEW policy on posters and banners..............

Commercial posters are not allowed ("Posters which are for external commercial activities are not permitted on University campuses and locations").



A whole new section has been included:-

"2.4.  Unauthorised posters
In the event that posters appear in areas where provision has not been made or they are attached inappropriately, they will be removed by University staff or contractors. This applies to posters that are not respectful of all individuals, are defamatory or derogatory, or are not consistent with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Offensive, vilifying or otherwise illegal posters and banners which breach the values or provisions within the University’s Code of Conduct or Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy will be immediately removed and destroyed."

Well that is sufficiently broad to cover anything and everything ......

What was that about "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION"??

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