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)
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Many would say "yes" - it is always worth doing. Regardless of the consequences, these people say that they have maintained their self-esteem and have a clear conscience.
Many would say "no" - if they had known how soul-destroying it would be, they would not have done it.
A few months ago, ABC News had a short report on "whistleblowers":-
"In the wake of the story about Canberra whistleblower Debbie Scattergood, Kate Evans reports on the aftermath of whistleblowing. Is it worth it?"
As Andrew Wilkie in this news report said, "Most whistleblowers land up on a heap. Most whistleblowers suffer terrible consequences for just trying to do the right thing."
So, if you knew and spoke about unethical conduct at the University of Newcastle and have been subsequently bullied and harrassed, do you still think it was worth it?
Some of our "Stop the Bullying at the University of Newcastle Committee, would say it was worth it.
Some (including me) would say the fallout from it is too great a price to pay!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Bullying is cowardly and wrong - do you really want to be part of it?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Should we be smelling a rat?
- Why is this particular person being investigated when there have been many cases of research fund fraud that the University has quashed?
- Is this person being investigated because the Uni wants to get rid of them?
- Have they made a complaint against one of the protected species at UoN?
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I have a wishlist for gifts this year - gifts for other people.
Please can you deliver a gift to the following men and women at the University of Newcastle:-
- those who have bullied and harassed many of us out of our workplaces and jobs and destroyed our physical and psychological health
- those who colluded and supported the bullies by intentionally ignoring what was happening
- those who stood by, watched or knew about the bully and the bullying and who kept quiet to save their selves.
Please deliver a large mirror to each of them - a large self-illuminating mirror would be the best.
They can open their gifts and follow John McKay's advice:-
"I am a big believer in the 'mirror test.'
All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you've done your best".
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
- researchers using funds for personal use (personal/domestic equipment),
- supervisors using postgrad students' funds for themselves,
- research assistants claiming for additional hours/expenses,
- etc. etc etc.
The report in the Newcastle Herald today comes as no surprise: "Uni academic investigated for fraud".
This is good news - the University is taking steps in this case, even though the committee itself cannot impose "a disciplinary action".
We can give them a few other cases to investigate - or at least remind them of the info on the fraudulent use of research/university money that they already have in our written complaints, protected disclosures, etc.
7th December 2011 - update: See additional information in today's article in The Australian.