Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

University of Newcastle and plagiarism

"The University of Newcastle - ... - confirmed it had expelled two students and suspended a further eight for using the MyMaster service. A total of 31 students were found to have breached the university's academic misconduct protocol, deputy vice-chancellor Andrew Parfitt said."

Does the University of Newcastle only take action when students plagiarise?

Does the University of Newcastle only take action when these issues are raised in the media?

What happens about the plagiarism by academic staff (yes, staff) and students at the University?
  • senior lecturer reported plagiarism "against two fellow academics" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university".  Six years after she made it, her complaint was upheld.  However the University of Newcastle said the plagiarism was only 'minor' and the offender got nothing more than a slap on the wrist"
  • senior lecturer "supported a student in a plagiarism claim, this time against another student" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university).
  • lecturer told by senior academic staff to "ignore student plagiarism" (lecturer lost job at university).
  • casual staff member recently "watched another casual be dismissed for uncovering student plagiarism and preventing a cover-up"
  • "one former Newcastle academic at the rally said she had complained about plagiarism and been told to "shut up about it" "
  • "two academics fro the Graduate School of Business are accused of not attributing a student's work in an application for a research grant"
  • "I initially reported what was a clear and simple case of student plagiarism but within a couple of days ... the victimisation started.  I was branded a trouble maker".
  • Blowing the whistle on plagiarism has almost always been at the centre of this unacademic and unethical behaviour by administration, starting with the victimisation of Michael Spautz who discovered a colleague had plagiarised his doctoral thesis."
  • "Two of my fellow colleagues.. have been removed from teaching positions... The first was removed after reporting plagiarism from a student to the course co-cordinator, and then the head of school when nothing was done about it.  No action has been taken on the plagiarism, but the tutor was given a warning, and told they will not be invited to teach the course again."
  • and more
  • and more.....
Gary Kennedy (previously of Trades Hall Council) stated that "I have no doubts the university has problems with bullying especially with sexual harassment and when people speak up about plagiarism".

What about the Bayley-Jones doctoral degree scandal - she was awarded a PhD despite the fact that she had already submitted the same work for a degree at a British university.



  1. One of the management staff have made an art form out of passing other people's work as their own. A whole career based on plagiarised work. If you don't trust me ask for a second opinion.

    Who is going to fire that person? It is all well and good to expell students who plagiarize but what about maintaining a proper standard right across all levels. Hypocrisy I think.

    Can we please focus on something important instead like wine studies?

    The idea of a culture which is actually parasitic and ends up poisoning and killing the entire colony with a toxic byproduct rings true.

    This is a concept I think the University could teach very well.

    1. The same guy will supervise a public wine tasting event at the University to watch you drink said result of toxic culture. Healthy he ain't.

    2. The happy little guy that colluded with other academics in his school to get rid of me for reporting staff misconduct. Lots of bad apples sticking together in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    3. Like I said, the toxic parasitic culture creates a byproduct which ends up killing everything. You might note this works in an environment starved of oxygen.

      To be honest the happy chap sounds like an alcoholic in the making..... Once he is done forcing toxic material down people's throats as "research". Sick...

  2. He also appoints who he likes, without due process - he does the interview charade, but other applicants have no actual chance. The person intended for the job doesn't even have to know much about it, either. That seems to be last on the list of requirements. Arrogance is first. Cronyism=UoN.

    1. Sounds like an abominable alcohol obsessed monster. Do other Universities want to hire such a pleasant fellow? People have long memories...

  3. Perhaps after cheerio has finished quaffing vino amongst the whole unit, the professor on the history on violence can make a few comments.

    I wonder if they realise they are so ridiculous.