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)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
"Newcastle University in damage control after cheating revealed"
The Newcastle Herald reports that
"Professor Andrew Parfitt, the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Newcastle, said the institution was "disappointed" but denied the cheating was systemic and said that there were mechanisms in place to catch offending individuals.
"I can't guarantee we can identify individual cases all the time. But we can identify across the course of a full course somebody who is systematically doing this sort of thing," he said, speaking on ABC Newcastle radio on Wednesday morning.
The MyMaster website received at least $26,410 from students at the University of Newcastle who submitted 123 requests for ghost written assignments - the second-highest number of requests from the 16 universities affected.
At least six students from the University of Newcastle repeatedly used MyMaster services, with several using the website for different assessments within the same course, suggesting that their cheating went undetected by the university.
One from the University of Newcastle returned to MyMaster five times during 2014, paying at least $1594 for the ghost-written assignments."
Plagiarism by students and by academic staff at the University of Newcastle has been recorded frequently on this website from newspaper reports and from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace Bullying.
In our bullying survey, 60 respondents reported that they had been bullied at the University of Newcastle because they had identified wrongdoing of some kind and reported this (as staff and students are required to do according to the university's Policy 969). This wrongdoing included plagiarism by academic staff and academic staff being told to ignore student plagiarism and also to do "soft marking" (i.e. ensuring that everyone passes by manipulating the marks).
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Around twenty academics had already contacted the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday to anonymously report the problems about plagiarising and cheating by students and the issues of the useful revenue that the universities obtain from international students.