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)
Monday, December 15, 2014
University of Newcatle rides high in the polls - for MyMaster cheating
"EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has written to the head of the agency that oversees higher education standards expressing his “utmost concern” about recent media coverage of systemic plagiarism by international students in Australian universities. "
Mr Pyne wants TEQSA to "ensure that institutions which have been named in media reports as having had acts of plagiarism “are taking the necessary steps to counteract this type of student misconduct”."
So who is the Head of TEQSA? None other than the previous Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Nick Saunders.
What do we know about Nick Saunders' reign at the University of Newcastle and plagiarism?
- two lecturers plagiarised a student's research and presented it at a conference and in written publications
- staff were told to "ignore plagiarism"
- staff were told not to fail a student "because we have never had to do that and we don't know how to do it".
- a number of academic staff lost their jobs at the University for refusing to ignore plagiarism by staff or students.
- a professor published data from Hunter Health patients without their permission and the University took no action, except to "talk to the academic"
- no action was taken about "soft marking" (boosting students' marks so that no-one fails).
And now the recent sad litany of cheating is to be investigated by the man who was Vice-Chancellor when substantial cheating took place.
Now that makes sense!