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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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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, March 26, 2014

Guilty of discrimination?

In beyondblue's latest survey, they found that

"one in four people still think people with depression are dangerous to others."

As a result of vicimisation and harassment at the University of Newcastle, there are many of us who  suffer from depression (as well as other psychological disorders such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder).

Are we dangerous?

The University of Newcastle has treated us as dangerous by physically removing us from our offices, physically and psychologically isolating us, stopping us from entering buildings and even our own offices, preventing us from speaking by gagging us, preventing us continuing to work, stopping us putting up posters, trying to censor our blog, restricting our movements, not responding to our emails, refusing to meet us, etc etc etc.

According to beyondblue, considering depressed people as a danger to others
"feeds into discriminatory attitudes and the stigma associated with depression, which often stops people getting the help they need,'' 
So is the University of Newcastle (which loudly and extensively promotes a respectful workplace) guilty of "discrimination"?

1 comment:

  1. The University has way too much personal information about me including my address and banking details amongst other things. I never submitted these details to them yet they have them.

    This is the end of posting here as they are capable of obtaining these details. Safety is paramount.

    My objection has never actually been the architects of what is occurring at the University. My protests were always to ensure future students are treated fairly and with dignity. Bullying hurts the victimiser as well.

    If enough people want education to change it will happen. I am one person, I still believe in it.