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)

Monday, March 4, 2013


After the recent news of cheating/doping in Australian sport, Helen Marsden of the ANU writing in The Conversation has concluded that

"Academia shares the “performance culture” that surrounds elite sporting competitions. The inevitable outcome of a performance culture is that some will take dishonest short cuts to get to the front of the pack."

She continues
"But reputation is crucial within academic communities. When you do a PhD or establish a publication record you put money in your “reputation bank” – and words are the currency.

That probably explains why the very worst crime you can commit in academia is plagiarism. When you commit plagiarism you are essentially stealing the building blocks of someone else’s reputation. And when academics self-plagiarise – ... – they are not only cutting corners to try and get ahead, but they are putting at risk the reputations of the peers who review and publish their work."

If plagiarism by academics is the "very worst crime" in academia, is this why those of us who have spoken out about this type of plagiarism at the University of Newcastle have had our careers and lives destroyed?

Also, how come those academics who actually plagiarised have gone on to prosper at the University?

1 comment:

  1. Has anyone actually researched or investigated that case of plagiarism brought against John Germov a few years ago? For the record he plagiarized huge chunks of material for a publication he was writing on the sociology of health. The cheat was caught out and quickly removed the material.

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