Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Sunday, November 20, 2011


On Thursday 17 November, in the Workers Compensation Commission,

the University of Newcastle Insurer accepted full liability for the injuries that Michelle Adams suffered as a result of the bullying and harassment at the University of Newcastle.

As Michelle always said
"the truth will win"!!


  1. former bullied academicNovember 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Michelle your courageous persistence to stay firm until the truth is exposed is an admirable example to all who have been similarly bullied at the University of Newcastle.

  2. Dear Michelle, you don't realise how many other bullied academics are behind you! Well done. Let's keep the bastards busy defending their dreadful actions.

  3. Michelle, let's have a party to celebrate this most significant win against the bullies.

  4. We should put them on notice that more legal action will come their away and the bullies had better go into hiding.