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)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Plagiarism and the University of Newcastle

Our latest straw poll from this website reveals some new information about plagiarism at this university.

Of 28 respondents,

  • 64% (18) said that they had been bullied for reporting plagiarism or for supporting a plagiarism complaint.
  • 7% (2) had possibily been bullied for reporting plagiarism or for supporting a plagiarism complaint
  • 28% (8) had not.

Yes, we know this is a straw poll.
Yes, we know that this is only a small sample.

BUT, with the history of plagiarism scandals at this university, even only one person being bullied for reporting plagiarism is wrong?
Is it because some of the plagiarism is by staff??


  1. What is new? 64% is way too high compared with the national average.

  2. Plagiarism is a sign of the desperate, ill-educated, under-qualified in the institution who try to hold on to their power and status. It is often an indication of how they have got to where they are professionally. These people obviously have no shame and when they go unpunished, the good people, those who expose them are betrayed and often destroyed. That in itself is an indictment on the institution.

  3. It happens across the nation sadly ... I agree with anonymous from November 17.