Of 195 participants who reported being bullied at the University of Newcastle,
- A high number of respondents (44% or 72 respondents) had filed a formal complaint about their bullying experiences.
- Six respondents (3%) obtained a satisfactory outcome to the investigation of their complaint.
- Twelve percent of respondents (24 people) were told that their complaint was unjustified.
- Eight percent (15 respondents) have been bound to silence/gagged by the university and thus were unable to provide information.
- A number of respondents reported being ostracised and isolated after reporting their bullying. Human Resources had been involved in attempting to stop the bullying of some respondents e.g. “HR were fully aware of the situation but have not done anything to help”, “The Head of HR told the bully (his personal friend) that he was implicated in complaint”.
- Some respondents had no help from anyone at the university, e.g. “The situation was 'resolved' by the university telling me to stop making complaints and threatening to expel me unless I accepted the abusive situation”.
- A number of respondents reported being “gagged” e.g. “Provided me a written policy that I was not allowed to discuss any information about my situation inside and outside the university”,”h ad to sign a document not to discuss or sue or take class action”.