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)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
University of Newcastle Little Known Fact #59
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.”