Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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 University of Newcastle now has a new section within "Governance and Leadership" entitled "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.


  1. I think this new incentive is another smokescreen and sly initiative to disarm and destroy their victims.

    For starters the policy has been created by the very people who are the actual problem. Bullying is an ingrained culture at the University. A problem they have officially said doesn't exist.

    Beware of the organisation that constantly promises a harassment free workplace with tonnes of helpful ways to prevent bullying. That is one of the biggest advertisements for an unsafe workplace.

    Most anti-bullying websites mention vast amounts of bullying policy as a warning sign.

    Google Michelle Adams and ask yourself if the University staff acted justly. It is clear they didn't. It is a well trodden path for them.

    You might not like hearing this but the same staff who tried to destroy Michelle and many others have created this new policy.

    I also predict the University will create many more new policies around this issue.

    The University is getting a huge funding cut. Fact.

    The whole town is thoroughly corrupt. Fact.

    The University would like to make a profit. Fact.

    Honour your integrity and intellect. You can feel free to choose otherwise but myself I don't trust that University at all.

  2. Is there any evidence (names removed of course) to show how the complaints procedure works?

    1. Many of us have shown how the "complaints system"works. Even at a Parliamentary Review into Workplace Bullying. In the end what has changed…nothing…because there is no authority able (or willing) to take the hard steps of bring individuals in high management at Universities to question.If there was a body to investigate the corruption in Universities, and how the whistle blowers in Universities are removed, then many of us are here to give evidence….but there is no one…and many of us have tried to get an independent review…..we are just treated like crazy people...

  3. I don't know if you live in this 'town' which is "thoroughly corrupt". If you do, why don't you move away and give everyone, who enjoys 'this town' a break from your negative comments, about this outstanding 'town' and the industries that contribute to make it what it is, the envy of many.

    1. I am thinking you are a beneficiary of the corrupt behaviour….otherwise your humanity would be with those who want corrupt behaviour to end. So sleep well tonight knowing that there will be a day when those who oppose the corrupt behaviour in Newcastle will win….simply because we are not so gutless that we will run away from justice.

    2. The comment (Aug 26 7:54pm) at the top of the chain is a good example of typical Newcastle speak. All teeth and no actual tiger.

      Notice how the commenter makes a division in thought over what one is entitled to before attacking the person making the comment. In this case they have used something that belongs to everyone (the city) as a bargaining chip.

      The truth is Newcastle belongs to everyone. What a bully depends on is the propagation of a lie before they attack you. The commenter appears to speak on behalf of "everyone" which is also a lie.

      The bully protects themselves from being exposed by offering advice which appears constructive. After attacking their victim twice and lying twice they can then happily play the victim knowing the damage they have inflicted has already been done.

      The truth always wins as it is always there, always constant wheras a bully has to keep changing stories or find new victims. While they do that the truth is still there, a flame that never dies.

      Even when the bully is proven wrong and shown the truth they deny it and blame others for their failings. The flame never goes out.

  4. I hate to say this but the University is about to go right under. I can see so many obvious warning signs.

    It's good enough for you to study there but not me. I actually want a future.

  5. Well, I used the complaint system above. They simply thanked me for my "feedback" and that was it.

    Is it too much to ask that the University treat me with dignity and respect?

    1. I used the complaint system. I was told that if the word "bullying" was used in my compliant I would end up having no job at the University, regardless of the truth. I no longer work at the University of Newcastle.