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)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


You know that someone is being bullied
you watch someone being bullied
If you do nothing, that is exactly the same as walking by/ignoring someone who is injured or ill,
as in this video clip

If you ignore someone who is injured, their state of health may deteriorate and they may even die.
If you ignore someone who is being bullied, their state of health may deteriorate and they may even die.

We know too well that at the University of Newcastle, others knew we were being bullied but for the sake of their job position and status DID NOTHING - just colluded with everyone else in the cover-up.


  1. For years. quite a few of my colleagues in the School of Humanities and Social Science watched me being bullied, but they either did nothing or deliberately strengthened the hands of the bullies by telling on me and helping to spread vicious rumours so as to get ahead themselves. I was even shunned by new staff who were told I was a liability if they were seen to befriend me.

  2. Did Nick Saunders see that, your story? What was his response? I assume that it must be ok, he would say that "I investigate it" but end up with nothing. That is the way they bond together, cover their ass. They told each other, but made a story to cover the truth. It is culture in this Univeristy, from senior officers even Nick did so.

  3. Every time it was reported, the screw was turned tighter on me because instead of having the bullies investigated, I had the bullies sent to investigate me - the senior executives only take cues from the bullies hence the mess there. That is the "work ethic" of that place.

  4. I agree with you, they, representing UoN investigated only things they need to know, only seeking what or where was your problem. And then everything comes to confidential, you can not tell anybody.
    While you state what they had done to you in a formal occasion or at a higher level or raised up the issues again in the University. You would be asked that if you sought any helps in the University before, (which was of course you did so, they had investigated the case). If you believe so, it is wrong wrong and wrong!!! They would like only to know if you had breached confidential or not? brought public attention?
    If you say that the UoN had their investigation, nothing helped me (as true facts). It was wrong wrong and wrong again, they knew of course you did so, but they wanted to know you were silent or kept your month shut from the issues or not. They did cover the truth successful. At this time, they turned around saying that you did not say so, where is your evidence that you did say so, etc. Even if you have had witness statement, they still deny in front of the witness.
    However, your nightmare is coming!!!!!!!!!! all sorts of people (School Head, PVC, DVC) then would be ready to come you. It is very simple that that was confidential, nobody protect you from this behaviour - bullying, they have all sorts of excuses - "trying to solve the problems". It is a great scandal in UoN, to use the words "solve the problems".
    For what? For who? Again, they would tell you at the end, that is confidential, you have to accept it. otherwise, you have further troubles, breaching confidentiality, there are many other laws to do it...