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)

Friday, October 26, 2012

For all of those at the University of Newcastle who knew of or watched the bullying and did NOTHING!

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ 
Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ 
But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ 
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, 
nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.”
(Martin Luther King)


  1. I did what was right by my students and by the rules of the University throughout my employment and as a consequence, I was bullied out.

    1. Sadly, one can be severely punished for doing what is right.

    2. did you realise that while you did right things somebody tried to protect the people who did thing wrongly?

      they always have a right excuse, to protect the University 's reputation. They employed lawyer, even barrister, to protect the dirty things happened in the UoN.

      It is a shame they used University resources to protect dirty things

  2. I am a postgraduate student living with disability. I also work as a student advocate at the University of Sydney. For speaking out about being bullied, and for speaking out about students being bullied, my employer is misappropriating a huge amount of SSAF money to hire lawyers and investigators to effectively drum me out of my job. Paradoxically, even though the overarching legislation for the SSAF compels the University to provide me with advocacy, I am barred access to both legal and non-legal support. Still, I recently sat with a client who in 2009, had attempted suicide after being publicly humiliated by an academic. The University and worse, the student's so-called 'independent' advocate at the time, swept that incident under the carpet and denied that student any chance of justice. That is because what matters most at the University,and at the student advocacy service where I work, is not to upset the institution.

  3. You can see how weak you are in these battles, especially in UoN. Where is a fair justice for you and the students you are representing? In the University of Newcastle, it employed solicitors and barristers to fight with students and staffs, using student fees and other goverment funds (ie. maybe the funds for anti-bullying in UoN, as the new Vc said), but these students or staffs had not chanllenged them without any legal protections or representatives. Staff and Student's Union (for example, NUSA) had no legal agents for them, had no funds to support them for a legal representative.
    yes, at the end, a representative for student would be isolated and eventually kicked out from the University.
    It is realistic, unbalanced platform between you and the University. They had a very great excuse "it is a way, by-law, to protect the staff who bullied the other staffs or students and protect the University's reputation". It is a bad fortune for you that you were sitting on the other side.

    While you had experienced those, you would see how hard the PVC, Nick and Kevin worked on those, fighting for the "reputation" and further bullying the victims and the victim's supporters. It is a culture in the UoN.