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)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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The Youtube clip "Stop the Bullying at Newcastle University" (at right) has been blocked!

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8 comments:

  1. When I was told this video was blocked in Australia I could not believe it. It seems if the truth is spoken, and facts are provided, it is blocked by the University of Newcastle, but when work is plagiarised, it is permitted and those who do so are promoted and rewarded. I thought academia was different. I thought academia was for freedom of speech and debate. I guess though we haven't moved far beyond the days when any one who goes against the establishment is squashed. I am glad some people keep pursuing the truth though. Otherwise today we would be still teaching our kids the world is flat. So I for one am going to keep speaking the truth, because I don't want the kids of the future to be taught it is OK to steal other peoples work, to lie and cheat, to destroy people who are honest and ethical and to treat people like they are just collateral damage . So to the VC of Newcastle University, what else are you going to take away from me. My freedom? No, you have already done that.

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  2. The following was emailed to me today from a friend who cared. They were worried that I could be imprisoned or destroyed by the University. My comment is I have never taken bullying quietly, and if I am imprisoned or charged for speaking the truth....I guess we should all question the rights of people in this country. I guess if the AFP do decide to charge all those involved in the antibullying campaign it will give all of those bullied a chance to tell their story. That is all most victims want. So I hope everyone involved keeps speaking out....because I see this email as another example of bullying, ie keep your mouth shut about what is happening or we will use all our power to squash you!

    Dear Colleagues

    Over the past week, many people have raised with me recent emails and posters regarding purported bullying that are being distributed. I know that a lot of people have been distressed by these materials, and I felt it important to let you know how the University is responding.

    We are appalled by this behaviour, and the cyber-bullying and harassment that is occurring by those engaged in this behaviour. The faceless and nameless campaign goes against everything that the University stands for as outlined in our code of conduct - honesty, fairness, trust, accountability and respect. To protect our staff and students, we have engaged external agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, to help manage the situation.

    Bullying in any form is not tolerated at the University of Newcastle. It is important that everyone is aware of our complaints resolution system. If you have a concern, then please make use of this system. The complaints office contains dedicated colleagues who investigate matters, and the University takes appropriate action. The policies and procedures as well as contact information can be found at:
    www.newcastle.edu.au/service/complaints/.



    Kevin McConkey

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  3. I think ACTUAL bullying of employees by management is much more insidious than any other form of "cyber-bullying" here which is all debatable. That a website like this one exists says a lot about the complaints process.... What can one say about this lamentable state of affairs....? When an organisation is obsessed with media-managing everything, it obviously has a lot of things to defend itself against. Hiring an army of high-powered barristers and solicitors to deal with employees with genuine grievances is not normally the business of institutions of higher learning and it promotes a litigant culture that instils fear and distrust. What an organisation should realise is that genuine engagement with its employees and effective management is much more worthy of investment than nice rhetoric, glossy web design and statements of self-aggrandisement. I was at the bar on the hill the other day and I heard a group of young students complaining bitterly about one particular manager and I was horrified. I am not on campus often, but what I have picked up tells me there needs to be a drastic change of campus culture there. It's really depressing. I did my degree in the 1980s and there was a thriving campus culture with bands playing and free lunch time concerts and students and staff mingled and debated serious issues. What do I hear these days? Complaints about management and certain "names". It upsets me so much to see my hometown university deteriorate like this. We are tax-payers and we have a right to be concerned about the way our publically-funded institutions are run. They are not the private properties of the two or three people at the top who manage them. They belong to all of us. Why doesn't the university have a forum on the responsibilities of citizenry and public accountability. We have a right to know that our children are doing a good degree in a well-managed university and their lecturers are treated with dignity and respect. Getting the feds to deal with an innocent public forum sounds like a desperate measure.

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  4. What about those who complained and had their lives destroyed?

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  5. the feds should equally investigate the senior managers who have bullied staff.

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  6. i was at the bar on the hill the other day and heard young students ranting about certain names. it's depressing to see the campus culture deteriorate so much. we used to debate serious issues with our lecturers and now it;s all about how bad things are and this happens in my hometown uni. they seem to spend a lot of money media-managing the place. the webpage may look glossy, but the reality is not very pretty.

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  7. One only hears about China and North Korea blocking YouTube. This country is fast getting into that not very pretty league. Scary stuff. Where is freedom of speech and opinion?

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  8. I think ACTUAL bullying of employees by management is much more insidious than any other form of "cyber-bullying" here which is all debatable. That a website like this one exists says a lot about the complaints process.... What can one say about this lamentable state of affairs....? When an organisation is obsessed with media-managing everything, it obviously has a lot of things to defend itself against. Hiring an army of high-powered barristers and solicitors to deal with employees with genuine grievances is not normally the business of institutions of higher learning and it promotes a litigant culture that instils fear and distrust. What an organisation should realise is that genuine engagement with its employees and effective management is much more worthy of investment than nice rhetoric, glossy web design and statements of self-aggrandisement. I was at the bar on the hill the other day and I heard a group of young students complaining bitterly about one particular manager and I was horrified. I am not on campus often, but what I have picked up tells me there needs to be a drastic change of campus culture there. It's really depressing. I did my degree in the 1980s and there was a thriving campus culture with bands playing and free lunch time concerts and students and staff mingled and debated serious issues. What do I hear these days? Complaints about management and certain "names". It upsets me so much to see my hometown university deteriorate like this. We are tax-payers and we have a right to be concerned about the way our publically-funded institutions are run. They are not the private properties of the two or three people at the top who manage them. They belong to all of us. Why doesn't the university have a forum on the responsibilities of citizenry and public accountability. We have a right to know that our children are doing a good degree in a well-managed university and their lecturers are treated with dignity and respect. Getting the feds to deal with an innocent public forum sounds like a desperate measure.

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