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, April 17, 2015

Another way that the University of Newcastle (mis-)uses taxpayers' money

So we know that large amounts of tax payers' money are used at the University of Newcastle to pay lawyers to protect staff accused of misconduct.

We know that large amounts of taxpayer's money are used to pay staff to remain silent about the bullying and harassment that they have suffered (it costs around $450,000 to gag a member of staff).  At least FIFTEEN people have reported that they have been gagged by the University to keep quiet about their bullying.

We also know that large amounts of money are used to keep the media machine going - to pay spin masters to aggressively market the University.

A new way of using the money that the University of Newcastle gets from taxpayers is to pay agents to recruit international students "despite widespread acknowledgement that a number of these agents are corrupt and deal in fraudulent documents". (ABC)

"The University of Newcastle (UON), which has paid previously undisclosed commissions totalling almost $24 million to agents since 2010, told Four Corners that it had also run into trouble with its offshore partners.

"In January 2014 UON terminated a contract with an agent as a result of an investigation that confirmed fraudulent documentation had been submitted by the agent as part of two student applications," a UON spokeswoman said.

The university has also recently splurged on hospitality for its agents. Last year, its budget for entertainment soared from $7,850 to more than $36,000. Its spokeswoman explained that, in 2014, "the university hosted a major summit in Australia for its offshore agents, as well as summits in regional hubs across Australia"."

Why are we not surprised?

1 comment:

  1. This is because the University is so corrupt. The decadence sets in, the few remaining morals disappear and then the real damage begins.