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)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Should we be smelling a rat??

The University is investigating a member of staff for possible research fund fraud.

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?

What is the truth about this situation?
Will we ever know?  The university is so good at covering up the truth.


  1. On the 11th March 2011 I received the following email on this web site:


    My Professor J@$$@ J!n might like to be talking to you. He has been bullied very much by the HOS DCIT and I think he has lost his job because of the constant targeting from this lady. I think she has been after Professor J since day one and has been not very fair.

    Maybe you send him an email and he reply to you.

    This is more evidence that bullying flows down the managers and that it is not just men that are bullying."

    I am making this email public, because maybe this person is innocent, maybe their only crime is being a vocal victim of bullying. Maybe they are guilty, but why is the investigation of their case so different to the cases I and others reported?

  2. You wrote:
    "Why is this particular person being investigated when there have been many cases of research fund fraud that the University has quashed?"

    One case in question is the Stephen Easton in Business.

    Why is Stephen Easton still employed - after he was found to have behaved in an ""unjust and otherwise wrong" manner, had bullied a former student and coaxed him into lying to an enquiry, and had lied himself to an official enquiry by the NSW Ombudsman?


    Who protected him?

    Why did the university cover up the report and refuse to make it public?

    Why is he still paid a premium salary?