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, February 26, 2014

University of Newcastle Little Known Fact #59

A senior lecturer raised concerns about plagiarism and the "misappropriation of funding". 
Based on her treatment following this, she made a "formal allegation of bullying (continual changing of teaching duties without consultation, public humiliation, ostracisation and withholding of financial resources)" to the Head of School..
Action by UoN: "Her (Head of School) response was that I should retire"

Senior lecturer placed "a Workplace Bullyin Prevention poster on my office door in the Geography building. Later that day I had a disagreement with the (Head of School) when I formally objected to the removal of my property (the poster) and its placement in a rubbish bin.
Action by UoN: "I received instruction that due to “the incident” on 30 June 05 (objecting to removal of poster) I was not to “enter the Geography [Social Sciences] building or have contact with students or staff in that area.”


  1. How can someone access all of the little known facts????

    1. Isn't it obvious to you something obviously unfair happened?

      If you have more evidence please supply it, I would love to know more.

    2. Well, this website has numbered Little Known Facts.... so I asked, in response to this little known fact no. 59, and in viewing other little known facts number 900++++, we are all of the in between "Little Known Facts"

    3. This is only the tip of the iceberg. When there finally is an enquiry made externally it is not going to be pretty.

    4. Tip of the iceberg???? Evidence??? You have not answered my question... because you cannot. If you cannot, you should not say "little known facts" That just highlights the "little known fact" about the people who conduct this website. This website has really outlived it's usefulness. At the outset, it was a great thing to assist in change of policy. Now unfortunately it has just become a place for professional victims to air their grievances. No one takes much notice anymore, Oh except the anonymous people.


    5. I agree with you, I do not have a full list of the little known facts.

      Your aggressive rhetoric and assumptions made are not appreciated.

      I am one person damaged by the University.

      I have my story. If you have some more information or your own story please share it.

      This website exists for all people.

      It is written as an independent voice separate from the University.

      This website will only stop being useful if there is no bullying at the University. The fact the blog even has to exist is in itself due course.

      It has not influenced University policy in the slightest as they have said in public there is no bullying problem.

      They have not admitted liability in any plagiarism case or the Michelle Adams case.

  2. Only a pathological bully with low self esteem and even less ability would want to carry their behaviour to the level they did.

    The senior lecturer was innocent.

    The head of school should have been fired for what he/she did.

  3. A person who touts themselves as an expert in humanities and has the gall to do that to another human being shows a complete failure to grasp their subject at large. Humanity.