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, November 23, 2016
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.
Monday, November 21, 2016
"This restructure follows a constant stream of no less than 15 major, formal, reviews and restructures of organisational units across the university over the past three years", according to Associate Professor Tom Griffiths of the NTEU.
All the usual empty slogans are being trotted out by Caroline McMillen, the Vice-Chancellor:-
- "agile solutions’
- ‘greater flexibility’
- “embracing changes”
- “ensuring that we’ve got the best organisational and professional support at the university for what is a changing academic enterprise”.
- “It's a conversation … about thinking through different changes that might come and how do we handle that.
Is this because the results will demonstrate the low morale of staff and their lack of confidence in the university management? "This is unprecedented, and reflects very poorly indeed on management,” Professor Tom Griffiths said.
"The available evidence, in fact, suggests that the university’s senior leadership may be in crisis.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is leaving at the end of this month, and despite significant notice, interim arrangements to cover this role were announced just this week.
The Faculty of Science and IT last had an ongoing leader back in 2014. Since then, no fewer than three acting or interim leaders have been drafted to hold the fort.
The leader of the Faculty of Business and Law is due to leave next year, and again it appears likely that instead of a timely and considered succession, interim arrangements will follow." (Newcastle Herald)
The senior managers at the University enjoy astronomical salaries as well as bonuses which they award themselves when they do a good job. The current Vice-Chancellor, Caroline McMillen, gets around $900,000 a year.
She needs that to keep putting fuel in her Bentley!
Monday, November 14, 2016
Calling all those who have been sexually abused at the University of Newcastle - Submissions on sexual assault and sexual harassment at university
"The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling for submissions relating to individuals’ experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment at university. This is part of a major project being undertaken by the Commission which is looking at the nature and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities."
You can make a submission via their website - here.
Closing date is Friday 2nd December 2016.
All information they get will be de-identified so that no-one can be identifiable from their submission.
"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." (emphasis added).