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, August 20, 2012

...and now there are three...

A third submission from an ex-academic at the University of Newcastle who was bullied out, has been authorised for publication by the parliamentary inquiry.

S.S. (no. 53) has reported her experiences of being bullied in Speech Pathology at the University of Newcastle as a result of reporting staff misconduct (e.g. soft marking, told to ignore plagiarism, conflict of interest, etc) to the head of discipline.  SS was told by the head of discipline to relocate to another office on the other side of the University, not to enter it during office hours and not to communicate with the head of discipline.  This delayed her government-funded research for 14 weeks.

SS also reports that she cannot obtain employment - her applications "go missing". her emails are "never received".  Her previous teaching in Sydney evaporated. She is shunned by previous research colleagues and other speech pathologists in universities in Australia.  She has been physically prevented from attending her inter-university research group, was unable to obtain her mail, and has also been prevented from attending workshops.  She has been isolated from her discipline in Australia.

SS also states that she was never given any reason for this, either before, during or since.  When she made a Protected Disclosure and a complaint to the University, she was told that she had been thrown out of Speech Pathology because she had made a complaint about being thrown out of Speech Pathology!!
She was subsequently employed in another school at the University but early this year she was told that HR had refused to issue her with any more contracts, despite the fact that the details of the contract had been finalised within that school.

This additional submission provides further evidence of how the University of Newcastle uses bullying and collusion to cover-up staff misconduct.

In all three submissions, staff involved in this bullying and collusion have been rewarded with promotion and/or other rewards.  This sends a clear message about the University of Newcastle - bullies are rewarded and the victims of the bullying are destroyed.

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