Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Investigating student "cheating"

Regarding the issue of students paying for assignments and papers, 
"The University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong say they are investigating the use of the MyMaster service by their students." (Newcastle Herald)

The matter has now been referred to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the independent regulator of Australia's universities.

"A spokeswoman for TEQSA said on Monday the authority had been asked to ensure all universities were "meeting the requirements of the Higher Education Threshold Standards that are relevant to this issue".

"Acting Chief Commissioner Nick Saunders is confident that in those cases where students have not produced original work, the institution will take appropriate action," she said." (Newcastle Herald)

What will the University of Newcastle do?
What if they are all cash-cow international students?
Will the cheating of students be treated in the same way as plagiarism by academics at the University of Newcastle (i.e. ignored or given counselling)?

Is there a conflict of interest to get Nick Saunders, previous VC of the University of Newcastle, to investigate this?  Who can forget his assertion that "To my knowledge, bullying and harassment is not a major problem at the University of Newcastle".


  1. Nick Saunders is involved. Well then there will be no justice.

  2. Nick Saunders was in the chancellory when the 2004 plagiarism scandal broke. He was court martialled over it.

    Why is his jurisdiction valid in regards to what has been 10 years of solid plagiarism and soft marking? He used to authorise it.


  3. Evidence


    He presided over the initial scandal and apparently instigated changes. He is very convincing so why has nothing changed?