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)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Costs of destroying those who report misconduct and corruption

All academics have a role to play in challenging violations of integrity (Cleary, Walter, Horsfall and Jackson 2013).

According to the University of Newcastle Policy no.969, staff  "should report any wrongdoing they witness within the University of Newcastle" and "should report all activities or incidents that they believe are wrong."
If not
-  "departmental and institutional reputations will be compromised."
-   "there will be financial costs through lower productivity, absenteeism, high staff turnover, and compensation pay-outs, along with the inestimable losses associated with poor staff morale (Bond et al 2010)."
-   those who remain may be those with "less alternative employment opportunities, and over time they may become demoralised, work below their peak ability, and be less committed to good teaching practices and to students".
-   "they may themselves begin to adopt undesirable practices as the negative and damaging behaviours become normalized."(Cleary et al 2013).

1 comment:

  1. The winds of change are blowing.

    Most Australians are sick of the continual decline of opportunity and education standards in Australia.

    It is time we kicked out the brains behind this self centred and oppressive regime at the University. Education is a right not a privilege.

    We deserve decent education not wine studies.