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.
Help make a difference –
*answer our survey,
*contribute to the blog, or
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)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Action by the University of Newcastle
The University is voicing their concern about the distress that these emails and posters are causing. They also indicate that they have engaged "external agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, to help manage the situation".
Our group is stated as being "faceless and nameless" - true, we do not put our names and faces on our blog (many people do not) but we have constantly invited anyone who would like to to have a coffee with us to discuss the situation. This offer could have been taken up by anyone at the University, even the VC or Kevin McConkey. In fact, no-one has been prepared to meet us.
The uni email states that "bullying is not tolerated" at this university and that people should contact the complaints office. Unfortunately, although many staff and students have done this, the outcome has usually been unsatisfactory (see survey results).
We do not know what action the University will take - what we have done has been to collect information so that we could help to stop the bullying. We have felt that it is our right to freedom of speech to alert people to this, just as many campaigns on the University campus have done.
What we can confirm is that over 185 people have described to us their bullying experiences at this University. We hate the thought of anyone else being as destroyed as we have been. All we ask is that the University take note of the information we have and act on it in a positive way.