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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Friday, September 9, 2011


"We were pleased that the university was at last acknowledging that they had serious problems in dealing with plagiarism. The university’s approach to date appeared to be motivated more by a desire to avoid damage to its reputation than to impartially investigate allegations." (NSW Ombudsman's Annual Report 2003-2004).

This was stated by the Ombudsman after a complaint of plagiarism by a postgraduate students was quashed by the University.

Our survey reveals that many of the staff/students have been bullied because they reported plagiarism or because they supported students whose work had been plagiarised.

2011 - has anything changed?

1 comment:

  1. All that glitters is not goldSeptember 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    The University of Newcastle policy states that "Any suspected or actual incidence of fraud or corruption must be reported immediately". That is clear enough BUT when you do report anything, you are bullied (ostracised, sidelined, harrassed) and often forced to leave your job. What is the point of having a clear policy and then destroying those people who comply with the policy? Is this the way the University's reputation is upheld?