At the same time the unions said "there was a "large volume" of cases in which staff and students reported ongoing bullying and harassment on campus" (Newcastle Herald).
Professor Saunders said "bullying and harassment was not tolerated and it was clearly against the university's code of conduct".
"More than 20 people contacted The Herald in response to yesterday's report about an academic who says she suffered years of harassment after reporting plagiarism" (Newcastle Herald)
Under the management of Nick Saunders, 195 staff and students reported being bullied, victimised and discriminated against at the University of Newcastle, often for reporting misconduct.
The long history of intimidation and harassment at the University of Newcastle has been recorded in various publications (see chapter by John Biggs, paper by Brian Martin on Spautz, Don Parkes's book, etc - see links in right-hand panel).
Under the management of Nick Saunders, anti-bullying posters on campus were removed, a You Tube video about bullying at the university was blocked in Australia and four posts on this blog (regarding Nick Saunders) have been removed after a legal request.
So far three submissions of extreme bullying for reporting misconduct at the University of Newcastle have been approved for publication on the Workplace Bullying Inquiry website (nos. 8, 25 and 53). There are others awaiting approval.
Nick Saunders said "he did not believe bullying or harassment was a problem at the institution" (Newcastle Herald).