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)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Female bullies

A recent article in the International Herald Tribune on female bullies states that 

  • "workplace bullying is four times more rampant than sexual harassment and 
  • 40 per cent of the bullies ... women!"

"Gossip Girls", "Death by exclusion", "Silent but violent", "Lady Psycho" etc.

These bullying behaviours have been reported to us as happening at the University of Newcastle - playground behaviour by educated adults.

1 comment:

  1. Humans are social creatures, and as anyone who has been bullied will verify to be excluded and ostracised is a extremely painful and distressing experience.
    In traditional societies to be excluded and banished was to be denied access to resources and protection and therefore represented a death sentence.
    In more recent times, highly authoritarian and totalitarian regimes employed social rejection and exclusion as a tool of oppression (ie Hitler, Stalin).
    These tactics were used effectively to exterminate and/or silence critics or those whose loyalty was questionable.
    Sadly, such tactics have been used to silence and eliminate staff and students who have spoken out against bullying and/or unethical workplace practices at the University of Newcastle.
    Being ostracised and banished from my discipline, school, faculty and eventually from the University for making an allegation of bullying was the most painful and traumatic experience that I have ever had to endure in my life.
    I remain hopeful that through forums such as this blogsite exposing workplace bullying that eventually bullying in all its forms including ostracisation will be outlawed.