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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Newcastle researchers applaud Stop Bullying campaign"

Did your heart miss a beat when you saw that headline?  It is from the University of Newcastle Blog.

As you would soon realise, this has nothing to do with bullying at the University.. It relates to the new campaign called "Be Bold and Stop Bullying", aimed at young people.

According to the uni blog,
"Bullying is rightly back in the spotlight".

From what we see with the number of visitors to our blog, bullying was never out of the spotlight..

"Be Bold and Stop Bullying encourages all of us to take a stand against bullying and is designed to educate parents, teachers and our youth about actions to empower young people and teach them to stand up if they are being bullied, or if they see bullying in action"

Well we know of a number of young people (students) who have been bullied at this University.

The  University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre has been working with schools and parents for more than 10 years on this "critically important social issue".  We applaud their work and we would like to see it being applied in the University as well, for students and staff.

"More importantly, Be Bold and Stop Bullying is a platform for us to work together as a community to build resilience against bullying in its many forms."

Please can you explain to the senior management of the university what bullying is, how it is manifested and what can be done to prevent it.  We want an adult version of the "Be Bold and Stop Bullying" for the University of Newcastle.  As can be seen from this blog, the University is in DESPERATE need of it.

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