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 19, 2015

The University of Newcastle continues to excel at not taking any action against staff misconduct

As reported on this website previously, the University of Newcastle is an expert at passing the buck. 

If there is academic staff misconduct, the uni does not deal with it and allows the problematic staff members to continue their careers unhindered at other universities - and the University of Newcastle also thus allows the perpetrator to continue their inappropriate and unethical behaviour.
  • A University of Newcastle professor was accused of the sexual harassment of students, especially international students.  The head of school managed to quash this but the professor has gone on to other universities and has been accused of sexual conduct against female staff.  He was removed as head of school at this last university but he continued as a full professor there.  He has now left that university after only one year because of "research work pressure".
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  • The head of school involved in this episode had a complaint of misconduct upheld against him and had to leave the University - so now he is working at another higher education institution but.... he has still maintained his full professorship at the University of Newcastle and he continues to work at the uni one day a week.
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  • Another professor from the University of Newcastle bullied a senior academic - no surprise for what happened.  The academic staff member lost her position and was (of course) gagged by the university.  The professor has now moved to Western Sydney University where he has again been accused of bullying and has been sidelined.
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  • Another professor who worked previously at the University of Newcastle behaved unethically and managed to spend a great deal of university money - he "had to leave" and his professorship was revoked.  He has subsequently continued to use his (revoked) title and has recently been taken to court by the College of Building Ltd.
University of Newcastle - flying high in the "Passing the buck" ratings internationally!

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