The student’s vindication follows a decision by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).
This is not the first time that a university has apparently resisted recognising that it may be at fault. In 2016, the OIA also upheld an appeal in respect of a complaint of antisemitic hostile environment harassment under the Equality Act 2010 at Sheffield Hallam University. The complainant received financial compensation, reportedly partly due to the delay in deciding their complaint.
In a statement, UJS said: “This situation should never have reached this point. Universities must respond to complaints of antisemitism in a timely, professional and considerate manner. Bristol University has committed to improving its complaints procedures. This decision vindicates the complainant and sends a clear message to universities across the country that they must respect and protect their Jewish students.”
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “The resistance by some universities to recognising their shortcomings when it comes to how their tackle antisemitism is another example of how adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism is only a first step. It is not enough merely to express solidarity with Jewish students; universities have an obligation to take action to protect them as well.”
If any students are concerned about antisemitism on campus or need assistance, they can call us on 0330 822 0321, or e-mail [email protected].