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)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

From the VC's desk

"In this context, the comments of the Standing Committee in relation to the controls around cyberbullying were perhaps the less developed component in a comprehensive report. Anne Summers, at her Human Rights and Social Justice lecture at the University, recently detailed the utterly unacceptable online bullying of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. This together with the recent vicious attacks by ‘cyber trolls’ on Charlotte Dawson in social media have suddenly shone a light on the subterranean and cowardly world of anonymous online bullying. It appears that trashing one’s colleague from the comfort of one’s sofa on the pretence that anonymity is somehow a necessary protection may represent the next frontier of workplace bullying."


  1. If Caroline McMillen meant a word of what she's said here, she would have looked into the dozens of complaints on her desk about the bullying of staff and students by various levels of management of the UoN.

    Until she does, we have no faith in what she says.

  2. ANONYMOUSLY ANONYMOUSNovember 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    "From the comfort of my sofa"
    Your university gagged me - got me at my lowest ebb and forced this gagging clause on me. I can only be anonymous.

    1. Gagging only pampers to the desperate needs of those in high places wanting the university to look good in the eyes of the public. Hide the truth at all costs while the victimised and innocent suffer in the process and are expected to fade into oblivion.

      So much for the highly educated in high places who zealously protect their position and reputation while others are mistreated. Common decency is non-existent in places where one would expect so much more.

      Deception is at the core of such damaging behaviour.
      Beware as exposure will bring positive change!

  3. They gagged you?! Well, I hope you got a pot of cash from them for being gagged.

    Just imagine being bullied out of the place as a complete pauper.

    Worse still, no one even dares to mention you, let alone a farewell and you are treated worse than a convicted paedophile who actually gets mentioned on prison noticeboards and in newspaper and you've done absolutely nothing wrong!

    This is what has happened at Caroline McMillen's University. Why is she not investigating her PVCs and Heads of Schools for how they got promoted and put in their positions of power in the first place?

    She's got a super bully in charge of her New Directions initiative. What a joke!

  4. Caroline McMillen should have a look at how many staff members have been gagged and why?

    To keep all the dirty secrets under wraps.

  5. Cyberbullying is a safe, cozy and seemingly intellectual topic to comment on about Julia Gillard and Charlotte Dawson in order to diffuse serious problems and distance oneself from what has or is actually happening in the workplace or university.

    Reality is being exposed and change is on its way even if baby steps are initially needed to highlight problems. Giant steps will follow to remedy much suffering and injustice.

  6. How insensitive and inconsiderate of the University to blame us!!!

    Caroline has done a Tony Abbott and attacked the messenger. Apparently it is our fault that we are bullied.

    We are apparently making her the victim from our safe confortable sofas. That is just not true.

    There is a huge difference in sledging and speaking the truth. The only similarity is that the university responds to any and all criticism by attacking the person who spoke.

    If you are reading this Caroline many of us are NOT comfortable or happy with the University. You can address the situation maturely or continue to attack the victims. You are in charge and your reputation depends on this.

    Your current approach admittedly has worked for the Abbott government and many religions here in the west but all that is going to happen is a huge expose later on. Not to mention the management style ends in tremendous failure.

    I also thought a physician would be much more level minded on mental health at the University.

    Instead the approach you are taking is like giving patients lethal injections when they present with a minor scratch.

    This process would be to just to make things more efficient and prevent negative feedback. Plus the patients are tarnishing the surgery's reputation by claiming they are injured when some of them may not be.

    This University has a huge problem, why are you turning a blind eye to it?