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)
Monday, August 25, 2014
University of Newcastle resolving issues
The blurb goes on to say
"We aim to assist in, and encourage, the resolution of issues at the lowest level and as quickly as possible". (emphasis added)
YES, this is true. The University of Newcastle certainly sinks to the lowest level when dealing with bullying - it reaches new depths in victimising and harassing whistleblowers or those who make complaints. That IS the lowest level of dealing with bullying and complaints - whatever you do, don't solve the issues but just get rid of the person who speaks out.
The new "Resolving Issues" "initiative" of the University also states what is true about the University's response in dealing with issues "as quickly as possible". Oh yes, quickly get rid of the person making the complaint or speaking out about unethical behaviour - harass them, ostracise them and then pay them to keep quiet. That quickly dispatches any issue/person "as quickly as possible".
We applaud the University of Newcastle for admitting to the way it deals with "resolving issues". Now that the uni has admitted that it DOES sink to the lowest level and as quickly as possible, perhaps they will take some REAL action about the issues of harassment and bullying that have occurred and that continue to occur at the University.