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)
Monday, July 30, 2012
"Don't shoot the messenger!"
Almost one-third of respondents to our survey (total of 195 respondents) had been whistleblowers - they had identified wrongdoing of some kind and reported this. According to the University of Newcastle's Policy 969, staff and students "should report any wrongdoing they witness within the University of Newcastle".
Furthermore, according to the Uni's Code of Conduct, "members of the University community:
(i) are encouraged to seek advice on reporting any behaviour by
staff, students, or others (who have a significant association
with the University), which could be considered unfair, unjust
or unreasonable; and
(ii) should report behaviours or activities that could be considered to be
corrupt conduct, maladministration, serious and substantial waste of
public money, misconduct or illegal".
These people followed university policy - so what happened to them? They were then bullied and many subsequently lost their positions or had difficulty continuing with their studies.
The University of Newcastle has an extensive library of policies (have a look) - are these just for show so that senior management can say "We've got a policy for that"?