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)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soft marking at the University of Newcastle?

"THERE is no evidence some universities are softer markers or have lower academic standards than others, according to a four-year study across 11 universities. 
The Office of Teaching and Learning project, headed by Kerri-Lee Krause from the University of Western Sydney, found no patterns in assessment outcomes and learning standards across universities or disciplines."

Meanwhile at the University of Newcastle.........................

“Soft marking” by XXXXXX  - students were given additional marks solely based on making an inquiry about an assignment/exam, not on the merits of their inquiry/complaint or what their query actually was."

"Also “soft marking” by casual staff – markers and clinical educators stated and continue to state that they know that Speech Pathology does not want students to fail so they adjust the marks accordingly. I have been told as recently as mid-2009 by a casual marker that “soft marking” continues to be commonplace and that she had no problem with that."

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