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)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Is everyone laughing at the University of Newcastle's safety alert about texting while walking?

TWO, yes TWO, staff members have been injured when texting and walking.

"Reactions from staff - who obviously have the brains to work at a university, much less operate a phone while in motion - have been 100% predictable."

This "safety alert" has been reported widely throughout the world. 
  • University of Newcastle staff have been left puzzled by a "safety alert" not to text and walk (MANY NEWSPAPERS AND NEWS OUTLETS e.g. Sydney Morning Herald, Newsunited, Newsinformer, Newcastle Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, Daily Mail UK, Daily Telegraph).
  • Newcastle University staff can't text without falling over.  (Gizmodo).
  •  University of Newcastle issues safety alert over dangers of texting while walking (Reddit) - "Makes me proud to be going to such a prestigious University when they release a safety alert like this, without even a hint of satire..." (Comment to Reddit).
  • Don't text & walk warns Newcastle University (Triple J)
  • Running With Scissors, 2.0: Uni Warns Staff Against Texting & Walking (Pedestrian) Mobile phones weren't named that for nothin'. Being able to go for a wander while messaging your mates is essentially a mandatory life skill in 2015, but the safety-minded folk at the University of Newcastle have deemed it fit to warn staff via email about the ~ v. dangerous ~ practice.
  • .Multiple University staff injure themselves due to texting and walking (Tweaktown - North America)
Nearly 200 staff and students describe their bullying at the University.
45 have attempted or considered suicide.

The University of Newcastle's  spin machine swings into action yet again.

Oh and be careful of bark and leaves on the path (according to the Uni's safety alert) 
That should be easy - according to the University's website,
"There are approximately 2,000,000 trees on our beautiful bushland campus!"

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1 comment:

  1. As a student I have plenty of options. Upload a pre written paper I paid for, make a steamy sex tape in the library, use my academic skills to realise I have no rights at all and then get slaughtered on cheap booze at one of the University's many bars.

    I might throw in walking into a tree whilst texting and listening to Tom Petty's I won't back down. I might bump into things and other people on camera but I will never stop.

    I will bring insecticide, something slippery, something absorbent and make sure everything is charged. Even the staff will be charged with something eventually.

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