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.

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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 29, 2013

"Do to others as you would have them do to you"

No - we have not suddenly become religious.

Just a thought - how do so many members of staff claim to be religious and yet have no hesitation in colluding with misconduct and standing by whilst innocent people are thrown out of the University of Newcastle?

There is now a relatively large theology discipline at UoN and we know of many members of staff in other disciplines who are active in their religions.  Even the senior management attend and address religious conferences.  

All the world major religions ask their followers to treat others as they would like to be treated.  How do these UoN staff members integrate this with their behaviour?


As Pastor Niemoller said in 1945 .. 
"and when they came for me, 
there was no one left to speak out for me"

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A welcome awaits you at the University of Newcastle!

An academic at Curtin University is being investigated for plagiarism.  

According to The Austalian,

"THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper. 

 Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, says he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tipoff.

The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics.."

Apparently it is a case of cut and paste. The academic concerned is overseas.

When she returns she could easily slip into a position at the University of Newcastle.  She need have no fear.  Academics found to have plagiarised at the University of Newcastle are "counselled" or "have a meeting" or there is no action taken against them. Then she can continue her rise and rise as a protected species at the UoN. 

An added bonus: anyone who accuses her of plagiarism will be quickly and viciously hounded from the University.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf
THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf
THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf
THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
Graeme Wright, deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) at Curtin University told the HES in a statement the university had received a complaint about the case about a week ago.
"The matter is being investigated in line with the university's internal policies and procedures; however, the academic involved is overseas until early December," Professor Wright said.
The original paper was written by three former colleagues of the academic when they were all employed in the same centre at Curtin University.
The HES was unable to contact any of the original authors by the time of publication.
Mr Nolch said he had spoken to the author at the time she submitted the article for publication and had asked if it had been published elsewhere, to which she said no.
An anonymous tip-off to the HES noted: "The extent of the copying is such that it would not be possible to put this down to sloppy referencing, but a case of academic misconduct."
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf
THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
Graeme Wright, deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) at Curtin University told the HES in a statement the university had received a complaint about the case about a week ago.
"The matter is being investigated in line with the university's internal policies and procedures; however, the academic involved is overseas until early December," Professor Wright said.
The original paper was written by three former colleagues of the academic when they were all employed in the same centre at Curtin University.
The HES was unable to contact any of the original authors by the time of publication.
Mr Nolch said he had spoken to the author at the time she submitted the article for publication and had asked if it had been published elsewhere, to which she said no.
An anonymous tip-off to the HES noted: "The extent of the copying is such that it would not be possible to put this down to sloppy referencing, but a case of academic misconduct."
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf
THE publisher of a scholarly magazine has withdrawn a 2010 paper by a Curtin University academic after being alerted to what appears to be a cut and paste from another academic paper.
Guy Nolch, the publisher of Issues, said he took down the online version of the article two weeks ago after an anonymous tip-off.
The article included several pages identical to a paper published the previous year by three fellow Curtin academics in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
The academic in question could not be contacted because she is travelling overseas.
Graeme Wright, deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) at Curtin University told the HES in a statement the university had received a complaint about the case about a week ago.
"The matter is being investigated in line with the university's internal policies and procedures; however, the academic involved is overseas until early December," Professor Wright said.
The original paper was written by three former colleagues of the academic when they were all employed in the same centre at Curtin University.
The HES was unable to contact any of the original authors by the time of publication.
Mr Nolch said he had spoken to the author at the time she submitted the article for publication and had asked if it had been published elsewhere, to which she said no.
An anonymous tip-off to the HES noted: "The extent of the copying is such that it would not be possible to put this down to sloppy referencing, but a case of academic misconduct."
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/academic-investigated-over-plagiarism-claims/story-e6frgcjx-1226768957046#sthash.kByG6McI.dpuf

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New job opportunity?

The University of Newcastle (UoN) is advertising for a "Student Advocate" to work with Jennifer Allen, Dean of Students.  The job description begins with the following:-

"In relation to academic matters only, the Student Advocate will provide professional and independent support and assistance to any student enrolled at the University who notifies the University’s Office of Student Advocacy of an issue(s) or concern(s). This support and assistance may include the provision to a student of one or more of the following of support services: information, advice, referral, facilitation, mediation and advocacy."

So... the University has drastically cut funding to NUSA resulting in major cuts to the work NUSA and its Grievance Officer do to support students, not only in academic matters, but in a wide variety of personal, social and financial issues.

The Dean of Students (and now presumably the Student Advocate) are apparently there to "ensure that all students receive fair and equitable treatment at the University of Newcastle across all courses and campuses".  The Dean of Students and the Student Advocate are both employees of the University. 

If you are skilful enough to appear to support students whilst pushing the University line, perhaps the Student Advocate job is for you!

Monday, November 25, 2013

RELAX! The University of Newcastle has "REFRESHED" its policies to stop bullying at UoN

THE VC, Caroline McMillen, has announced that



"At the University of Newcastle, we take your wellbeing seriously and we want to provide you with the best possible support so that you - and everyone - can work in a respectful environment that values diversity and inclusiveness.

This is why earlier this year the University refreshed its Promoting a Respectful and Collaborative University: Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy." (our emphasis)

The blurb continues using the standard marketing/PR language of "commitment", "robust framework", "treated with dignity and respect", "feel empowered", "actively contribute", "respectful and collaborative place for everyone" (Note to linguistics experts - good material for analysing advertising language here).

We applaud the UoN if it is really making an effort to clean up its workplace - hopefully it did more than just press the "refresh webpage" icon.  However, if these policies were "refreshed" earlier in the year,  WHY OH WHY are we continuing to be contacted by extremely distressed students and staff who are still being treated in the same way by the University as it has operated for years and years?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Breeding a bullying culture.

"Cultures that "breed" bullying and hostility are variously characterized as competitive, adversarial, and highly politicized, with autocratic or authoritarian leadership that does not tolerate nonconformity." (Hoel & Salin, 2003).

Monday, November 18, 2013

Marketing, marketing and more marketing

According to the marketing blurb of the University of Newcastle (UON)

"The University of Newcastle is a challenger brand. We don't define ourselves by where we sit relative to other organisations,..."

Two  questions:-
  1. A brand?  A challenger brand?  What, like sports shoes? Computers?
  2. If the University does NOT compare itself to other organisations, WHY DOES IT KEEP PUSHING THE FACT THAT IT IS IN THE TOP 3% IN THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS?
By the way, the UON's position in the top 3% ONLY means that it is in the "top 251-275 group of universities". stop bullying with UoN stop bullying with UoN

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
THE ARMY
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
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

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.
AND THIS LIST OF ACTIONS REPORTED TO US COULD GO ON AND ON.
The Australian Army under the leadership of Lt-Gen David Morrison is obviously WAY WAY ahead of The University of Newcastle.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Imitation is .......

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

The University of Newcastle continues to copy the name of this website.  They use the name "Stop bullying WITH the University of Newcastle".  This is a relatively new deception of theirs to prevent people finding our website.

We are very pleased to see them promoting an anti-bullying program for children.  We would be even more pleased if they would deal appropriately with the harassment, victimisation and bullying of their own staff and students.http://www.newcastle.edu.au/stop-bullying/ http://www.newcastle.edu.au/stop-bullying/ http://www.newcastle.edu.au/stop-bullying/ http://www.newcastle.edu.au/stop-bullying/
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Friday, November 8, 2013

"Is the psychopathic boss theme overhyped?" asks Workplace Bullying Institute

David Yamada of the Workplace Bullying Institute has investigated the claims that so many managers who bully their employees are psychopaths.

He declared that perhaps these claims are close enough to the truth.
He notes the following:-

1. Genuine psychopaths — According to ballpark estimates, 1 percent of the population may be classified as genuine psychopaths.

2. “Almost psychopaths” — Psychiatrist Ronald Schouten (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) ....... suggests that maybe 10 to 15 percent of the population almost meets the definition of psychopathy. ...

The “almost psychopath” falls short of meeting the criteria for psychopathy, but nevertheless may exhibit many of the most disturbing traits and behaviors. In the workplace, a good number of almost psychopaths engage in bullying. They often escape detection and removal as they charm their superiors and exploit and abuse their peers and subordinates.
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3. Drawn to management — A 2010 study by leading psychopathy researchers Paul Babiak, Craig Neumann, and Robert Hare documented higher measures of psychopathy for managers. The Boston Globe‘s summary of the study concludes:-

One of the authors of the study was hired by companies to evaluate managers — mostly middle-aged, college-educated, white males — for a management development program. It turns out that these managers scored higher on measures of psychopathy than the overall population, and some who had very high scores were candidates for, or held, senior positions. . . . The authors conclude that “the very skills that make the psychopath so unpleasant (and sometimes abusive) in society can facilitate a career in business even in the face of negative performance ratings.” 

Yamada concludes that a combination of the "1 percent of the population of genuine psychopaths, Schouten’s 10-15 percent of the population of “almost psychopaths,” and evidence correlating higher presence of psychopathic traits among those in management positions" is substantial.

He feels that based on this reasoning, "some 15 percent or more of bosses fit the psychopath or almost psychopath profile. In other words, between 1 of 6 and 1 of 7 bosses may behave in a manner that causes underlings and other co-workers to think of them as psychopaths."

Reports of the behaviour of the managers at the University of Newcastle would certainly put many of them in the category of "almost psychopaths":- The characteristics are:-
Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. - See more at: http://www.harvardhealthbooks.org/book/almost-a-psychopath/#sthash.EGdFchrl.dpuf
Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. - See more at: http://www.harvardhealthbooks.org/book/almost-a-psychopath/#sthash.EGdFchrl.dpuf
  • conning and manipulative behavior
  • being glib and superficially charming 
  • pathological lying
  • a general aggressive sense of self where every action and every behavior is focused on them facilitating and achieving their own needs.
We see these people striving for power at all costs, no matter how many people they destroy on the way.  They are also then rewarded with promotion and awards  by senior management at the University for their "almost psychopathic" behaviour.

Friday, November 1, 2013

CIT apologises


The Canberra Institute of Technology has apologised to victims of workplace bullying.

The Commissioner for Public Administration investigated allegations of bullying and misconduct at CIT and recommended the institution apologise for past failures in the management of such complaints.

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch says the CIT acting chief executive has since issued a sincere apology to victims.

"CIT has also made significant changes to enhance its workplace culture," she said."

Some organisations actually have the guts to investigate the bullying, apologise and do something about it.

STOP PRESS - IMPORTANT MEETING IN EWCASTLE

Injured Workers Support Network
Assisting and supporting Workers who have sustained
Work related injuries, illness and disabilities.
“Our mission is to assist and support workers and their families who have sustained work related injuries, illness and disabilities to rebuild their lives.”
Meeting Notice
Date: Monday the 4th of November
Time: Between 1.30 & 3.30pm
Venue:
Trades Hall Council
Suite 1 – 1st Floor, Devonshire House
406 King Street – Newcastle West
NSW 2302
Agenda
Guest Speakers include

  • Mr John Robertson:  Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, and Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Member of the Australian Labor Party, Discuss impact June 2012 changes to NSW Workers Compensation system.
  • Mr Clayton Barr: Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Cessnock & Member of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Ms Linda Burney:  Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shadow Minister for the Hunter, and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast & Member of the Australian Labor Party
  • Injured workers & their families will be given the opportunity to address issues they are now facing as a result of the June 2012 NSW Workers Compensation System changes.
  • General business.

Important: Please RSVP by 01st November 2013 on (02) 9749 7566 or by email: adam.grumley@injuredworkerssupport.org.au