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, January 27, 2016

Cheating, Plagiairism. Soft Marking, etc etc etc

The University of Newcastle has a long and impressive history of ethical misconduct by students AND ALSO by staff.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports that

"Senior academics have raised concerns cheating at major Australian universities may be easier than many supervisors realise."

Cheating is not an issue at the University of Newcastle - anyone who raises concerns about any form of cheating (particularly if it is staff cheating) are vaporised, removed, exterminated, destroyed, obliterated and eliminated!

You don't believe this?
 
Well this is what happens about the plagiarism and cheating by academic staff (yes, staff) and students at the University of Newcastle?
e.g.
  • senior lecturer reported plagiarism "against two fellow academics" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university.  Six years after she made it, her complaint was upheld.  However the University of Newcastle said the plagiarism was only 'minor' and the offender got nothing more than a slap on the wrist".
  • senior lecturer "supported a student in a plagiarism claim, this time against another student" (lecturer subsequently gagged by the university).
  • casual staff member recently "watched another casual be dismissed for uncovering student plagiarism and preventing a cover-up" (Bullying at the University of Newcastle survey)
  • "one former Newcastle academic at the rally said she had complained about plagiarism and been told to "shut up about it" " (Newcastle Herald)
  • academic told by other academic staff to "ignore student plagiarism in assignments" and also reported "soft marking" and lecturers and clinical educators "not failing anyone". (lecturer lost job at university).
  • Research of leading research recipient and senior academic was plagiarised by a professor at the University - senior academic left the University. Senior academic told he should feel honoured to be plagiarised by a professor.
  • "two academics from the Graduate School of Business are accused of not attributing a student's work in an application for a research grant" (Uni bullying survey)
  • "I initially reported what was a clear and simple case of student plagiarism but within a couple of days ... the victimisation started.  I was branded a trouble maker".(Uni bullying survey)
  • "Blowing the whistle on plagiarism has almost always been at the centre of this unacademic and unethical behaviour by administration, starting with the victimisation of Michael Spautz who discovered a colleague had plagiarised his doctoral thesis."(Martin's paper)
  • "Two of my fellow colleagues.. have been removed from teaching positions... The first was removed after reporting plagiarism from a student to the course co-cordinator, and then the head of school when nothing was done about it.  No action has been taken on the plagiarism, but the tutor was given a warning, and told they will not be invited to teach the course again." (bullying survey)
  • and more
  • and more.....
Gary Kennedy (previously of Trades Hall Council) stated that "I have no doubts the university has problems with bullying especially with sexual harassment and when people speak up about plagiarism". (Newcastle Herald)

What about the Bayley-Jones doctoral degree scandal - she was awarded a PhD despite the fact that she had already submitted the same work for a degree at a British university.  Her PhD has never been rescinded.  Read about this in Professor Don Parkes' book "Doctored" (available online).
 
Cheating at the University of Newcastle???
 
The senior management, human resources, complaints officers, etc have said NO!
                 
As they say in Little Britain, "the computer says NO"!!


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