The aim of this coalition was "to develop a university integrity ranking, both to name and shame those failing in their duties, and to celebrate and spread good practice.
The assessment focuses on four categories.
1. Transparency and responsiveness – looks at general information that should be freely available to all including universities’ ethics codes, sources of funding, recruitment procedures and a list of faculty, their CVs and the curriculum they teach.
Well we know that the University of Newcastle prides itself on its vast number of policies and codes of conduct - why do we receive so many reports of ethical breaches (theft, misuse of uni credit cards, soft marking, plagiarism, favouritism and bias in recruitment etc etc) ? Liz Spencer
2. Academic integrity, - the rules for reporting fraud, addressing misconduct and dealing with whistleblowers. It is by now well-known that the University of Newcastle states that misconduct must be reported BUT, in reality, anyone who reports any form of misconduct is harassed, victimised and hounded out of the University (contact us for many detailed reports of this).
3. Governance quality, evaluates procedures for recruitment, teaching and decision-making. Are jobs and fellowships properly advertised? Well, sometimes but policies and procedures for recruitment are often "flexible" with favouritism and policy breaches frequent. Are examinations fair? (not always - but just "adjust the marks"). Is promotion merit-based or nepotistic? (we have many reports that academics at the University of Newcastle who are willing to cover up the misconduct of other academics are rewarded with being fast-tracked to the top).
4. Financial management, looking at the risks of embezzlement or other financial irregularities.The University of Newcastle has had issues regarding the misuse of university credit cards (Newcastle Herald and NSW Auditor General) and fraud as well as the huge salaries and bonuses paid to the senior managers of the university. For example, in 2011,