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)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Time to say no to bullying" - Letter in Newcastle Herald

This is a letter published in the Newcastle Herald on March 18.

"Time to say no to uni bullying

I HAVE a bachelor’s degree and masters from the University of Newcastle and feel ashamed to be part of its alumni in the light of current bullying allegations.

The irony of the matter is that systematic bullying is undertaken by educational institutions that should be there to promote egalitarianism.

I urge all University of Newcastle alumni and the community at large to send strong messages to the University of Newcastle and all workplaces that include:

1. Nil tolerance of any systematic bullying.
2. Nil sidelining of victims or rally organisers.
3. No reprisals for standing up and shouting ‘‘no’’  to bullying.
4. Bullying is against the  Workplace, Health and Safety Act.
5. Install systems that scream no tolerance of bullying.
6. Provide psychiatric evaluations of people in positions of power who have a proven history of bullying.
7. Do not put people in positions of power with a history of bullying.

Bullying and sex molestation are similar in that they destroy human beings.

 Maria Charlton,
Newcastle East"

1 comment:

  1. I am definitely ashamed of the University and will not EVER lower myself to the position of considering myself an alumni even after finishing two degrees there.

    The point is they aren't honourable enough for this distinction. If I had wanted to pay someone to goad me to attempt suicide I would have paid an actual criminal. Instead I paid the university for it.

    They call it education. I call it lying.