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)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Australian Army versus the University of Newcastle

DEFENCE has booted out six soldiers for their part in the so-called "Jedi Council", an informal ring that shared offensive material including vision of secretly filmed sex acts. - See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/six-soldiers-sacked-for-offensive-conduct/story-fn3dxiwe-1226760135496#sthash.5SeqVBQx.dpuf
Six soldiers have been sacked by the army for bad behaviour.

The chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, has stated that

"The standard of behaviour we expect of our serving members is clear.

"It is also clear that if you engage in misconduct, or you fail to uphold the Army's standards, then you will be held to account," he said.

This number brings to 122 the number of soldiers who "have engaged in conduct which is inconsistent with the Army's values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork, and the standards of behaviour that we demand of all members of our army," Lieutenant-General Morrison said.
Lt Gen Morrison

According to the Uni website, members of the university community are committed to the values of
  • honesty
  • fairness
  • trust
  • accountability
  • respect.
Unlike the army, if you fail to uphold these values at the University of Newcastle, you are NOT held to account.

As a staff member at the University of Newcastle,
  • You can plagiarise students' or colleagues' research
  • You can isolate and ostracise staff physically and psychologically
  • You can soft mark
  • You can spread gossip about staff you want to get rid of
  • You can steal items from locked staff offices
  • You can use your research students' funds as your own
  • You can cover up staff sexual harassment of international students
  • You can publish research without the permission of participants
  • You can employ the person you want, rather than the person who fulfills the selection criteria
  • You can ignore any conflict of interest
  • You can ignore safety issues to maintain the image of the group/school/department.
  • You can rely on the extensive coffers of the University's legal unit to support you if a complaint is made.
  • You can freely humiliate or criticise or ridicule other staff and students.
  • You you can prevent them from claiming entitlements (e.g. leave).
  • You can stop them attending workshops, conferences, and meetings.
  • You can prevent them from entering their own offices and continuing their work.
The Australian Army under the leadership of Lt-Gen David Morrison is obviously WAY WAY ahead of The University of Newcastle.


  1. the staff in this University was identified with dishonour, misconduct and/or negligence but still working here. He can be found from the public (ie. news papers) last a couple of years.
    nobody in the senior levels cared of this behaviour (events)

  2. I've heard that a student was recently suspended for making a complaint about a staff member who was sexually harassing and stalking them. Only action the uni took was to give this guy an escort to and from work, plus advice on how to avoid further allegations. They said he made an undertaking in court to leave the student alone which is good. Still, makes you wonder how this girl feels about the uni now.

  3. I was made to feel insignificant almost daily at the University. At the School I enrolled in we were free to pursue our creative limits yet in the background I felt there was a very strong, dangerous agenda being carried out.

    Vital course units were removed and renamed. Certain sections of the faculty were allowed to disintegrate completely yet the sections endorsed by the Head of School had literally millions of dollars spent on them.

    One event was so extravagant and expensive it was not repeated since its inception. This event involved massive amounts of technology and very little actual craft. It was also constructed largely by paid professionals who were not trained or affilated with the University. The University paid their fees.
    The main prize winner at this event was also not from Newcastle University and was not trained there either.

    The marketing department of this faculty also managed to underpromote or ignore events deemed unfit for the agenda. Promotions for one event I was part of began a week beforehand and contained errors in the date and time. The poor attendance as a result I believe was a deliberate tactic to demoralise and destroy.

    Many staff were simply bullied out of their jobs or had to place themselves in some kind of academic torpor. I knew for a fact anyone who actively resisted the new agenda were subjected to hostile treatment.

    The school I was in was not world class. Overseas professionals were always shocked at the low standard on display. Some of the comments include it being
    "barely good enough for high school level" and "amateur".

  4. I know of a number of international students who were sexually harassed by the same professor at the University and the Head of School convinced them not to make a formal complaint, leaving the professor to continue on his merry way of harassing other students. The Head of School is a good church-going Christian man!!!

  5. That is totally unacceptable behaviour and a decent university would fire him.

  6. In 2011 5 students were suspended from one of the faculties for apparently making Facebook comments about the head of school. HOWEVER, the comments were never directed personally to the head of school. Someone tacetly gave the head of school the comments via someone who had access to them.
    They were printed out or emailed in seperate to the head.

    The suspensions involved being isolated from the faculty and exclusion from attending coursework related events at the University all together.

    The dean of students had taken the head of school's version of events, despite the comments being taken out of context and never intended for the head of school.

    The students were denied proper counsel. Their version of events were ignored over the head of school claiming some dark counterscheme.

    The university does not own facebook. The moderators of facebook are not affiliated with the UoN.

    Written comments without full defence of their intention can be construed in a great diversity of ways, depending on the fundamental intentions of both parties.

    Why does the University seem so critical of free speech?

  7. Because they are corrupt. They have a lot to hide.