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)
Monday, February 18, 2013
Asking in vain
McMillen replied that she has
"always followed a personal principle that I do not respond to anonymous letters. That principle also extends to engaging with individuals who post anonymous messages on line".
Anonymous??? We gave our names in the email and she responded to us by name.
She also stated that "this is her personal position". Is she not Vice-Chancellor of the University, acting on behalf (and hopefully for the good of) the University?
Not surprisingly, she declined to meet us.