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)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"The University (of Newcastle) is a model for integrity" - according to itself
"..for years universities have declared how much importance they attach to ethical practices. Look at any university website, search for values, mission, integrity, code of conduct and the like, and you will probably find impressive commitments to ethical standards and practices."
The University of Newcastle in its Code of Conduct states that one of its values is HONESTY which "involves acting lawfully and with academic integrity".
Another value is TRUST - "being able to rely on the integrity, honesty, capability, confidentiality
and fairness of others".
ACCOUNTABILITY - "committed to academic integrity and hold to account any unethical behaviour or wrongdoing.
"As a result, the University (of Newcastle) is a model for integrity".
Robertson continues, stating
"Universities should take their ethical responsibilities seriously, not just because most are answerable to taxpayers, or because they must comply with public sector ethical standards.
Society can quite reasonably look to universities to set consistently good ethical standards for others to follow. And universities must be willing to practise by the same ethics they teach their students in many disciplines, including in business ethics.
According to the Ethics Resources Centre in the US, “a strong ethical culture creates a happier, healthier organisation”. Unfortunately, when staff witness superiors turning a blind eye to conduct that seems inconsistent with the university’s own values and policies, the organisation’s ethical culture is diminished."