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)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The University of Newcastle knows what the "right" thing is to do

What happens at the University of Newcastle in cases of academic misconduct?


Note what happened in the case of Michelle Adams (as reported in the Newcastle Herald).

 "Adams has been on suspension since August 2009 with her mental health in question and faces an uncertain future after reporting allegations in September 2003 that two fellow academics plagiarised a student's honours thesis.

The case dates back to 2003 when it was alleged two academics used data collected by a student via personal interviews from more than 350 people over several months about cardiovascular disease, without her knowledge. Adams was the student's principal supervisor and reported the matter when it came to her attention.

The plagiarism case was finalised last year when the two academics in question were counselled about "the need to carefully and fully acknowledge authorship in all aspects of their work".(emphasis and highlighting added).

Also what about the professor who published data from patients and a uni employee without obtaining their permission - the punishment was to have a cosy chat with the PVC of the Faculty.

These academics continue to flourish at the University of Newcastle - if you are happy to go along with academic misconduct, you are a protected species!
Cartoon by Kate Sheridan

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