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)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Plagiarism is bad enough but staff cover-up is even worse!

As the Sydney Morning Herald states, "10 years on and nothing has changed".

"In 2003, the murky world of plagiarism cast a shadow over all Australian universities when it emerged that international students were not only cheating at a major institution, but academics were prepared to cover it up.

Newcastle University, a leading regional institution with a heavy reliance on international students, allowed business students at an offshore campus to receive close to top marks despite some of the most blatant examples of plagiarism possible. "

Two Newcastle academics were subsequently found to be corrupt by the ICAC.

The SMH continues
"But what will universities do about it? Probably, very little. The reality is that unless the increasing number of international students continue to leave Australia with a degree in hand, a critical flow of funding will dry up.

There is no doubt that the international student market is critical to universities and the Australian economy but it will become worthless if the federal government allows institutions to put cash before quality.

After the 2003 scandal, students in Malaysia admitted publicly that they were embarrassed to tell employers that their degrees were from Newcastle. "

As visitors to this website will know, we have continuously voiced our concerns about plagiarism by staff and also staff cover-up of student plagiarism.  It is difficult to understand why the University of Newcastle does not properly investigate these issues (and other issues of corruption and misconduct of staff) and deal with them - the University's approach is to get rid of anyone who reports such misconduct.

It is a sad sad time for those University of Newcastle students who work hard, do their own work and maximise their learning opportunities.  They are continually let down by staff misconduct and cover-up, as well as losing those academics who take an ethical stand against the behaviour of their colleagues. Alison Ferguson ethics


  1. Same old, same old....November 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    As a tutor to Masters students at the University of Newcastle, I was told to make sure that a particular international student passed his research report - why? because he was considered to be a difficult student and also because his father was well-known and influential..

    1. That sounds like the Frances Abbott case.

  2. Nepotism, cronyism, plagiarism and soft marking. Australia's first bullying case which was upheld in court despite 100's of dollars spent trying to cover it up.... These are a few amongst many.

    What next UoN? You can't stoop any lower.

    1. Congratulations Newcastle University you just did.


      Basically many students are so poor and demoralised they are resorting to prostitution to make ends meet.

      Healthy University?

  3. We had a head of school show pornography to students. He'd made it himself, yet when a student takes up the same enterprise it is inappropriate. Why does one adult get a University award and the other get expelled?


  4. It is because the head of school was male and the student was female.

  5. The head of School's subject was an Asian woman in a video too vile to describe here. Why did he show it to us?

    1. you mean the one with the cricket bat and ping pong balls...yuck

  6. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2703416/live-sex-show-in-library-shocks-uni/?cs=303

    Apparently some students chose to be prostitutes whilst at university and aren't "forced" into it. I don't believe that.

    The herald hasn't allowed anyone from the public to comment on the article online. Why is that?