Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inappropriate sexual behaviour, sexual harassment and the University of Newcastle

"A University of Newcastle student has been "counselled" after she was discovered using university resources to broadcast a live solo sex show from a campus library.

In October, university staff were warned about the "extremely inappropriate behaviour" of a student using the Auchmuty campus library to film and broadcast herself via live web camera shows."  Newcastle Herald

A spokeswoman for the University of Newcastle is quoted as saying

"We have a code of conduct that clearly outlines the sorts of behaviours the university expects from its community on campus," she said.

This student may have resorted to this way of making ends meet.  According to the Newcastle Herald, "financially desperate Newcastle students are reportedly resorting to using a number of informal online sex outlets to make ends meet." AND "At the end of 2013 there were 171 University of Newcastle students registered to a specialist online dating website called Seeking Arrangement that matches students with a "sugar daddy" to fund their education.

The important issue is that the University has acted against this student BUT what happens to those members of staff who sexually harass students?

We have had reports on sexual harassment by staff of the University in our survey and also on this website:-
  • There was also an occasion where a administrative officer was sexually harassed by the professor… she was transferred to another department after she made a formal complaint. I suspect there are many more.
  • Sexual inappropriate comments made by a male academic to a younger female academic. I don't know what else happenned. Later (two years) the male academic publicly rebuked the female (via an open email) and cut all ties with her. I don't know any other details. But what I saw changed the way I interact with the academic
  • Too many stories to reiterate - most relate to academic property theft, although I am aware of previous sexual harressment that has occurred as well.
  • (nature of bullying) Sexual Harrasment
  • A male member of staff was very inappropriate to a female colleague. Intimidating, suggestive and sexist. When she complained he told her to have a sense of humour. She was too intimidated to complain. Then another person did complain (and I'm told numerous others), but the person was just moved sideways in the org. He is now still supervising a number of women.                                                                             

 Comments on website
  • specially uon has a reputation in sexual harassment according to the statistics of NUSA-student service.
  • This only covers bullying, harassment and favouitism amongst staff. Look deeper and find it has been happening for years between lecturers and students. In a particular course I attended at Newcastle University it was quite plain to see lets say extra attention and personal views on relationships by a male lecturer made toward some students of the opposite sex to the point of harassment at times. One would often be seen around campus and outside with a married student he took a particular liking to it was clear to one and all similar standards of work were not achieving the same grades
Gary Kennedy, previously of the Trades Hall Council, also reported this:‘‘After all the complaints we’ve had, I have no doubts the university has problems with bullying, especially with sexual harassment and when people speak up about plagiarism,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
The University of Newcastle is always showcasing their code of conduct for staff that also "clearly outlines the sorts of behaviours the university expects" regarding all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.
Why were these members of staff not also "counselled" as this student was?  
Is there one rule for staff and one for students?
We know that reporting staff misconduct results in the whistle blower being "removed" from the University and the staff member is usually promoted and rewarded..


  1. What about the architecture professor who sexually harassed international students. When they reported this to the head of school, he "magically" made all the complaints against the professor disappear. "You cover my back and I'll cover yours".

  2. This is exactly why plagiarism and sexual harassment (this includes showing students pornography) are in such large incidences at the University.

    The staff are freely allowed to sexually exploit students without penalty but if a student decides to do it themselves and profit from it then it is unacceptable to them. Is it because she is woman who has learnt how the game is played there?

    Educational environments are supposed to inspire young minds to do great things for themselves and others.

    It's a sick environment where a student of either gender finds more credence in being a whore for rich people that the education they are being given.

    Of course the University will protest the incident. It is just that many staff members endorse it rather than condemn it.

    1. I was thinking maybe the University could offer sex legally on campus.

      If they make it legitimate then they can still be "world class" and not compare themselves to anyone else.

      They expect any disparaging clientele to stay quiet no matter what.

      I am surprised no one has said the place is exactly like a brothel.

  3. "We have a code of conduct that clearly outlines the sorts of behaviours the university expects from its community on campus," she said.

    Who said that? When was the University so full of policy about behavioural conduct?

    1. They are just pissed off that she is more ruthless and enterprising than University management. It goes to show what kind of environment that place is.

  4. Also from a nameless representative of the University

    "We are a people-centred organisation
    that cares about our staff and their development".

    Who said that? Why?