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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bullying and physical violence

The common view on bullying is physical violence in the school playground.  We know that bullying takes many forms, both physical and psychological.  Either type of bullying should be condemned.

In our survey of 195 respondents (students and staff of the University of Newcastle), bullying usually took the form of more subtle psychological abuse (e.g. being humiliated, undervalued or ridiculed, exclusion, ostracism, removal of areas of responsibility, etc).  Does this reflect the fact that as a whole, students and staff at the university are more educated and therefore more "civilized"?

However in our survey, the least commonly occurring behaviours were actual physical violence (4%) and injury as a result of violence (6%).  These figures may appear to be extremely low, nothing to worry about. 

Nevertheless, these figures mean that
  • 8 adults experienced actual physical violence 
  • 12 adults were injured as a result of violence.

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