Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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, November 23, 2016

"Rape, attempted rape, and other sexual misconduct" at 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."

We have had reports of sexual harassment and abuse at the University of Newcastle from both students and staff.  What happens when people report this?  Does it vanish into a big black hole like most misconduct at the University of Newcastle, particularly if it is staff misconduct?

In this FoI investigation by Channel 7, there were 14 reported cases at the University of Newcastle.  Two people were suspended and there were two expulsions.

What about all the other cases?  We know that international students who have been sexually harassed by professors and other senior staff have had their complaints silenced within their school or faculty.  We also know that school heads have evidence of sexual harassment by staff but the university will not take any action.

At least the University of Newcastle is consistent - any misconduct, particularly by members of staff, must be silenced, those who make complaints must be gagged, destroyed and vaporised.

7 comments:

  1. Perhaps one needs to look at the reporting process in place. Its my understanding that security management is its own little police force,so I find it unusual that incidents of this nature aren't being taken seriously.
    Perhaps this is the problem??. Mere speculation ofcourse.

    There are nearly 2000 students residing on campus, and newly structured accommodation management. Both departments are under the same facilities banner so I presume information regarding sensitive incidents is freely exchanged between the two. Surely??!
    Unfortunately, the latter I have mentioned is another area that appears to have a culture of 'jobs for mates', and no good can come from that.
    I would think that 'if' management in these areas has failed in a duty of care of their obligation to students, then now is the time they should be worried.

    14! Really?!

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  2. Don't count on student safety being a priority any time soon.

    The university may have found their new security provider. A quick search on google for information about the company is at best, comical. On the first page I discovered they have been investigated by Fair Work Australia.

    After the outsourcing of Services Contracts to an infamous provider in the last 12 months, the university just "keep treading on the same rake"...at the peril of current soon to be made redundant staff, whom are hoping to remain employed on some level at the university.

    The Security at the university has long been the envy of other companies, due to the high level of service it provided and the professional standard of the officers the university employs. Not anymore...

    The story of the departments demise can be traced back a few years when the university 'gifted' an incompetent bully with an agenda, the managers role. This person proceeded to insulate themselves with trusted fellow ex-public servants and placed them in senior positions. From this point, the standard excellence went down the toilet imo.

    It appears to me as though the change in procedures and service was deliberate, almost sabotage. The next stage was divide and conquer. The bully seemed to have complete discretion in regard to the poor treatment of staff, which I believe was sanctioned by upper management. Many made formal complaints to hr and nothing was done, no one was reprimanded.

    Oh well, I guess we now know of their 'true' intentions. They want to make 'savings' at a cost to the safety of students, staff and members of the public. Ridiculous.

    Ps. In case you were wondering about the management, well they get to keep their jobs ;)

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  3. I honestly think they want to destroy the whole place. Am I right? They are so obviously corrupt.

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    1. More than corrupt, they are morally bankrupt.

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  4. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/media/media-releases/media-releases/bullying-at-work-is-rife-and-attempts-to-combat-it-are-failing?utm_source=bb_news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=headsup&utm_content=mm_p3_button_dec2016&utm_campaign=bbq

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  5. Something in the water?

    Bullying a problem in Newcastle / Hunter region coal mines.

    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4379620/bullying-investigation-by-coal-mine-regulator/

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  6. Something in the Water? part 2

    Bullying rife at The Newcastle police force.

    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4278020/they-destroyed-me/

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