CQU boss sent on leave



CENTRAL Queensland University (CQU) Bundaberg head of campus Professor Alex Grady has been given "special leave'' following a bullying claim made by one employee against another.

The announcement was made to CQU staff recently.

Staff were also told that a husband and wife had been suspended because of the bullying allegation.

The matter is believed to be so serious the victim has taken stress leave.

During the briefing, staff were told not to talk to the media.

CQU representatives in Rockhampton would not confirm or deny the allegations when contacted by the NewsMail.

The staff member who complained has alleged that they were bullied by a senior CQU employee, but the matter was not taken seriously by Prof Grady.

There have also been other complaints of people not being treated fairly by upper management.

CQU public relations manager Marc Barnbaum said Prof Grady was only on leave, not special leave.

"CQU is reviewing workplace matters that have been raised whereby the university is required to follow the necessary internal policies and procedures,'' Mr Barnbaum said.

Prof Grady declined to comment when he was contacted by the NewsMail.

The NewsMail also contacted Workcover Queensland to see if a CQU staff member had applied for work cover.

A spokeswoman said privacy regulations prevented her from releasing any information.



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