Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Uni apologising???

The University of Newcastle has apparently apologised to the thousands of students whose details were published online.

"Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Parfitt says the incident was caused by a configuration error with one of its servers."

Better late than never .... it happened 18 months ago.

 "We certainly know the configuration error occurred about 18 months ago and we realise that's quite unacceptable.

How much longer do we need to wait for the University of Newcastle to apologise for the breaches of privacy against many of us whose reputations have been purposely and calculatingly destroyed by academic staff spreading rumours about us?

It is so easy to apologise to students whose privacy has been breached by a "configuration error".

What about academic staff whose privacy has been breached by other academic staff - senior lecturers, professors, lecturers from the Faculties of Education and Arts, Science and IT etc etc?
Would that mean that the Uni would have to actually deal with the harassment, victimisation and bullying from senior academic staff?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Smoking ban versus bullying ban?

The University of Newcastle is moving towards a total smoking ban. 

What would save more money and benefit more people - a smoking ban versus a bullying ban/

Smoking results in increased medical costs - usually after people have been smoking for many years and would therefore not be so much of a burden to the University itself.

In contrast, bullying results in
  • increased medical costs (blood pressure, migraines, insomnia etc), 
  • family and relationship breakdown (and associated costs)
  • depression (and associated costs).
  • unemployment ( and associated costs and the loss of expertise and experience).
  • paying employees to silence and gag them so they don't speak about the bullying they suffered. ($250,000 to 400,000 each)
BUT University of Newcastle is very skilled in bullying people out of their jobs and destroying them and putting the medical, health and other costs firmly on to the person who has already suffered from bullying.

So why should we be excited about a smoking ban - people who smoke have a choice - those of us bullied out ot the university of Newcastle and whose lives have been destroyed HAD NO CHOICE.  Silly us, we were following university policy.