Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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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, December 9, 2015

University of Newcastle shamed yet again - this time by the police force

A former senior constable appeared on The 7.30 report (ABC) last night to talk about the bullying and harassment she suffered in the police force.

She said  "she was shunned by many co-workers, one of whom spread false rumours about her having a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and warned others not to touch her belongings.
"I had left my wallet at work and I had a person go into the station to collect it," she said.
"In the foyer of the station, the bullying member said that I had four-five sexual partners on the go and that I potentially had STDs and that she would not go and get the wallet personally because she didn't know what she would catch."
She also claims the individual offered to another person to "taser, baton or shoot" Ms Lewis". 

She also said
"It's really hard to set up a new life.
"I've lost everything as a consequence of this workplace bullying."

Her account of bullying is eerily similar to the descriptions of bullying described in a survey by students and staff at the University of Newcastle.

In a submission to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying Inquiry, student and staff at the University of Newcastle have described the bullying that they suffered.  The most commonly experienced bullying behaviours were "opinions and views ignored, treated unfairly compared to others, being humiliated, undervalued or ridiculed, and exclusion and ostracism. "
"The least commonly occurring behaviours were actual physical violence (4%) and injury as a result of violence (6%); nonetheless this means that 8 and 12 individuals respectively experienced physical violence and/or incurred an injury as a result of violence."

Many respondents commented on how they had been publicly ridiculed and humiliated e.g. student’s work described as “garbage”, employees told that they were “hate(d)” by their managers or that the manager “liked tormenting me”. Homophobic comments about students were made by bullies in front of other students. "

 Nicki Lewis, the police constable, added that she had considered committing suicide.

Similarly, respondents to our survey stated that the bullying behaviour had made 45 of them consider or attempt suicide.  They also reported suffering from depression, sleep problems, anxiety disorders, etc.

Nicki Lewis is one person who has come forward to share her experiences - the police have conducted an investigation into the bullying that female police have experienced.

What about the University of Newcastle?  No, it continues to ride high in the rankings of NOT INVESTIGATING THE BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND OSTRACISM that takes, and has taken, place at that institution.

The University of Newcastle World Rankings: Number 1 in the world for ostrich-like behaviour regarding bullying and harassment.

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  1. I have filed a bullying complaint with the University after being constantly bullied into a state of poor mental health.

    I have had the complaint been placed into several various offices and to date the complaint resolution date has been postponed 6 times over a period of 3 months.

    They have not answered any of my questions about the procedure and have also not been forthcoming with any progress. It is always "being reviewed".

    I have given them until December 14th to answer my concerns. No doubt they will try to postpone once again.

    On the 14th I will email all of the redacted correspondence to this blog as well as any other public forum. The regime of secrecy and abuse must end.

    If you thought the University were interested in helping you then you will think differently after reading the lies they use to discredit their victims,

  2. Former Geography Seniir LecturerDecember 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Good luck. I really hope that your complaint is treated with the respect that it should be in he workplace today. Following my complaint (now 10 years ago which I lodged in an attempt to resolve it) I was banished from my school and Faculty and then eventually the Unuversity. I was labelled as being 'mentally ill' and the bully was allowed to continue to bully others out of the Discipline.
    Shortly after he transferred to another university he was 'sidelined' due to complaints of bullying.
    But at UoN it is generally the victim of bullying who gets punished. Hopefully you will be treated with more integrity than previous staff members who have bravely tried to Stop the Bullying at UoN

    1. I haven't been treated with any respect and they haven't taken it seriously despite posting "Good Governance, Good Decisions" on their emails as a fixed heading.

      I am a victim, that won't change. I know I am dealing with a group of sociopaths.

      The point I hope to make by exposing their cold nature is to show just how bad it has become. They are like the church with their cover up of abuse.

      They say they have fixed the bullying problem at the University and they haven't.

      They have a problem with the truth. It must be spoken.

    2. @Geography Senior Lecturer

      You are the goodness and grace of this earth. I learnt from you once in undergraduate science and you were hands down the best lecturer I will ever have.

      You were personable but also at the same time whip smart. Each lecture hour used to fly past because it was so well presented by you.

      Often I would attend a lecture by other professors etc and I would notice that they knew their material but didn't impart any real enthusiasm or energy with their delivery.

      You on the other hand used to inspire me.

      I was inspired by you not just to pass the unit or get a job but to really think and use the knowledge in a mature and open way.

      If you want to learn how to fly you need the right book and a good teacher.

      I graduated over 10 years ago but I still remember you, long after the memories of my other lecturers have since faded.

      You have a gift, not many people I can say taught me but also really reached me and changed how I thought.

      Just remember that the good will out. You are exceptional and all the bullying and atrocity can never change that.