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)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Why are we waiting?

We are still waiting for the report on the removal of four posts from this blog - all related to Professor Nick Saunders who is starting a new job at Bond University (Australia).

This is all we get from the Chilling Effects website:-

Notice Unavailable

The cease-and-desist or legal threat you requested is not yet available.
Chilling Effects will post the notice after we process it.

These posts were removed from our blog on 14th September.

We are guilty until proven innocent.  What are we guilty of?  Reporting on the fact that Nick Saunders has a new job at Bond University - as reported in newspapers and on the Bond University website.

Why does Nick Saunders consider us so dangerous when we just report the facts? .


  1. DO you know that there were many of the comments were blocked or selected from this site or not shown in the following days?

    The important thing is that while we have identified or proven the issues but most of us do not know where or how to fight with them and how to protect ourselves.

    Any comments or actions on the way?

  2. We are waiting for truth to be told, but as our experience tells us, speaking truth to power at the UoN has always been a high-risk business. Its leader prefer flattery and cover up, and many of its academics like us who consider telling the truth part of their job and did so at their peril.

    As soon as we reported misconduct or just questioned misconduct, we faced what is predatory alliance mobbing and many of us paid a terrible price.

  3. I definitely wasn't waiting for this, but the most ethical and brightest UoN academics I have met are ex-UoN academics bullied out of the place after I met the same fate.

    I guess that says something about the institution, doesn't it?

    Between us, we have the highest praises by the students and that most definitely says something about us.