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)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Free speech

"Free speech and open debate are hallmarks of any good university and are the foundation of any tolerant and respectful community." - Caroline, McMillen, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle tries to stifle reports of bullying (“University Vice-chancellor Nick Saunders has strongly denied a culture of bullying at the institution.” - Newcastle Herald, 18th March 2010).  “Stop workplace bullying” posters on campus have been instantly removed by security guards.  Security recorded the personal details of the person putting up the posters, apparently under direct instruction from the previous Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Saunders.

In October 2011, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kevin McConkey, informed all staff that the University had engaged “external agencies, including the Australian Federal Police” to investigate the issue of “stop workplace bullying posters” and the blog site.  University lawyers also instructed Youtube to block a video clip reporting the survey results; this video clip could not be (and still cannot be) viewed from Australia (http://youtu.be/GFtmRmtvhAQ).  
In the survey, 15 people reported that they have been gagged by the university.  They reported that the University  “provided me a written policy that I was not allowed to discuss any information about my situation inside and outside the university” or ”had to sign a document not to discuss or sue or take class action”.
A recent request from three named ex-academics to meet the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen was refused on the grounds that she does not engage with “individuals who post anonymous messages on line”.


3 comments:

  1. Opus has now hosted the video on it's website: http://opus.org.au/2013/03/bullying-at-the-university-of-newcastle-why-is-this-video-blocked-by-youtube-in-australia/

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  2. VC McMillen needs to get her facts right. The middle aged man was not part of the anti-bullying rally, in fact he had been making threats about undermining the rally, and these threats had been made known to the local police. He had also made specific threats against the event organisers. The University must have known of this threat, as it was claimed that threatened violence was the reason they made the Workers Compensation Commission move the Work Place Injury Claim against them from Bolton St to Cesnock at the last minute. This is so typical of the University to use false information in an attempt spread propaganda about victims of bullying....is this not a act of bullying? I should also mention the so-called cyber bullying....a You Tube Video that is available in almost all countries in the world EXCEPT Australia, why? It is legal. It is based on quotes. The fact is one of the quotes was made by the previous VC Nick Saunders and was published in the Newcastle Herald. Look at it yourself and make a judgement. The question should be asked, why did the University have this video blocked in Australia?
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  3. VC McMillen needs to get her facts right. The middle aged man was not part of the anti-bullying rally, in fact he had been making threats about undermining the rally, and these threats had been made known to the local police. He had also made specific threats against the event organisers. The University must have known of this threat, as it was claimed that threatened violence was the reason they made the Workers Compensation Commission move the Work Place Injury Claim against them from Bolton St to Cesnock at the last minute. This is so typical of the University to use false information in an attempt spread propaganda about victims of bullying....is this not a act of bullying? I should also mention the so-called cyber bullying....a You Tube Video that is available in almost all countries in the world EXCEPT Australia, why? It is legal. It is based on quotes. The fact is one of the quotes was made by the previous VC Nick Saunders and was published in the Newcastle Herald. Look at it yourself and make a judgement. The question should be asked, why did the University have this video blocked in Australia?
    https://www.facebook.com/photo...

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