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)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thought for a Friday

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; 
the indifference of those who should have known better; 
the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most;
that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
- Haile Selassie


  1. That is why the people whose claim against fraud is "I did nothing" is not a servicable reason.

  2. You did nothing, especially when you could have done something.

    You swear you are without blame, yet your conscience tells you otherwise.

    You, by doing nothing have also become a victim, only you don't know it. No one will accuse you of anything.

    Your victim is able to be forgotten but yet you can never seem to make sense of the moral world as you used to. You are suddenly lost where sense used to prevail. You have in fact become nothing.

    Yet you did nothing, so you deserve nothing.

  3. After I spoke to my head of department about staff misconduct and was immediately "removed" by the university, the previous Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Facrtly of Education and Arts told me that I had been victimised and that I should make a formal complaint. I did so - the complaint was dismissed and I heard nothing further from the PVC. Too busy doing nothing for me and everything to further his own career.