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)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Is this about the University of Newcastle?? "The mantra of bad organizations: “That’s in the past, forget about it, let’s move on”" (David Yamada)

David Yamada writes

"When a dysfunctional organization seeks to move on from one failed chapter to the next, one of its biggest challenges is ensuring that the mistakes, miscues, and injustices of the immediate past disappear. After all, accountability can be brutal, especially for those in charge, so why must the previous events and actions muddy up everyone's boundless excitement for the glorious future?
Thus, the message is sent from on high: It's a brand new day. We can't afford to dwell upon the past. Let's move forward with our great new leadership ideas initiatives slogans!
Those who aren't on board with the regime facade change may be marginalized or worse. They may even disappear and be rendered unpersons to help erase institutional memories that are best forgotten.
This pattern occurs over and again at lousy organizations in every sector, public, private, and non-profit. It is the tactical refuge of bad leaders who somehow get repeated chances to screw up. Sadly, it also appeals to the words of philosopher George Santayana, for organizations that cannot remember their past are surely doomed to repeat it, typically with recurring negative consequences."
Yamada must have been writing this about the University of Newcastle - champions at getting rid of anyone who raises legitimate ethical issues.


  1. There is a problem with a "culture of bullying" within the Newcastle Police Force.

    This is the same bullying culture experienced by many at the University of Newcastle.

    When will people treat eachother with respect?


    1. Yes, the university does have a "culture of bullying" similar to what you've experienced in the NSW Police Force. So much so in fact, that the university then employs those same bully's as managers, where they continue the culture.

  2. I can finally reveal why I was bullied.

    I was sent a photo of a head of school's you know what and he wrote that if I didn't "do something" about it he might refuse my application for post graduate study.

    He used to look at me in such a dirty, leery way that I honestly tried as much as I could to avoid him. There was one time he saw me walking away and since apparently no one is allowed to do that he decided he would humiliate me.

    My postgraduate application was later rejected and the reason was that it was at the head of school's discretion.

    I provided the University management with evidence he had been cyberstalking me and physically spying on me but they did nothing.

    I asked for further clarification and it was refused.

    I am not prepared to let a dirty old man sexually subjugate me in exchange for an education.

    The only reason I am posting the information here is because the University have refused to acknowledge what happened. They often discredit the victim's story and then cover the whole thing up.

    The University refused to acknowledge Facebook evidence as valid and yet when I approached the police they said it was a matter for the University.

    1. Former bullied Geography Senior LectuereNovember 14, 2016 at 9:16 AM

      Unfortunately those that have raised an allegation against inappropriate and unethical behaviour at the University of Newcastle know only too well what happens to the victim.
      Evidence is dismissed, and all too often the victim is portrayed as having mental health issues.
      Too many members of staff (academic and administration) and students have been humiliated and banished because of their honesty and integrity.
      As you have discovered the university is a very powerful entity and appears to be untouchable as evidenced by the reluctance of the police and politicians to intervene. Only a Royal commission can prevent any further careers and lives being destroyed.

  3. The reporting of complaints against staff is a flawed system at the university. If an allegation is made, its usually one-sided, often resulting in the accused having to explain their actions. The person making the report enjoys the luxury of anonimity. This is a godsend for bully managers/supervisors who are wanting to get rid of certain people. I've seen it happen time and time again. But, if the accused has a good 'relationship' with their management, it goes nowhere. Buried.