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)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sexual assaults and the University of Newcastle

"THE largest ever Freedom of Information investigation into reports of rape, attempted rape, and other sexual misconduct at Australian universities shows most victims have been wasting their breath reporting their abuse.
Only a tiny fraction of reported incidents in the last five years have resulted in any serious disciplinary action against offenders." (news.com)

"the universities themselves admit that the overwhelming majority of students who have experienced rape or harassment never report to their institution, meaning the figures uncovered by the FOI represent just the tip of the iceberg".

University of Newcastle: 14 reported cases, 2 suspensions, 2 expulsions noted

"(due to under-reporting, figures are not indicative of the actual rate of sexual assault, harassment or misconduct, and that higher report rates may reflect better reporting mechanisms. Therefore these results are primarily useful for understanding the proportion of disciplinary actions that were taken in relation to formally reported incidents in the last five years. These figures have been provided courtesy of Channel 7. Lack of disciplinary action may be the result of an inability to substantiate a complaint, or some other cause)." (news.com)