Antisemitism in Universities

Campaign Against Antisemitism monitors universities’ and students’ unions’ responses to antisemitism by sending requests under freedom of information laws. We check for adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism and how each university and students’ union tackles antisemitism when it arises. We publish most of the information that we gather for the benefit of students, academics, university staff and members of the public, to highlight both good and poor practice.

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Adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism

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Not yet adopted of the International Definition of Antisemitism

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          Jewish life on campus

          The incidence of antisemitism on a university campus and the way in which each university and its students’ union address antisemitism are matters of serious concern. At the same time, they do not represent the totality of Jewish life on any campus. For further information about Jewish life on campus, please contact the local Jewish Society or Jewish chaplain.

          No student should have to endure antisemitism. Campaign Against Antisemitism provides specialist help to students who have experienced antisemitism, including free legal representation. For assistance with antisemitism on campus, please contact us.

          Defining antisemitism

          Campaign Against Antisemitism has long campaigned for the widespread adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism, which was adopted by the Government in 2016. Since then, we have asked universities to adopt it too, and apply it in any disciplinary proceedings. As antisemitism rises on campuses around the country, successive Secretaries of State for Education have demanded that universities waste no more time in adopting the Definition.

          The Definition is so important because in order to successfully fight hatred, it is first necessary to define and identify it. We provide assistance to students and academics seeking to persuade their university or students’ union to adopt the Definition, and we also provide assistance to universities and students’ unions seeking to adopt or use the Definition, and we have even commissioned a legal opinion from expert counsel to help their deliberations. If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please contact us.

          The campaign for universities to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism is one that has been championed by a large number of student activists determined that their universities should defend their Jewish students and academics, politicians who are disgusted by antisemitism in higher education, and organisations including the Union of Jewish Students, the Office of the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, the Community Security Trust, the Jewish Leadership Council, and others, in addition to Campaign Against Antisemitism.

          How we can help

          Students

          Campaign Against Antisemitism has a proud history of standing up for students’ rights. If you are a student who needs advice or help addressing antisemitism on campus, please contact us as soon as possible. We can advise confidentially and even provide you with legal representation at no cost. We have a dedicated campus team working with expert lawyers ready to help you.

          Academics

          Academics usually seek help from Campaign Against Antisemitism when they are concerned about developments at their institution or trade union, or find that they themselves are being targeted. We understand the sensitivity of such situations and we are happy to assist confidentially, even funding legal representation or taking action ourselves against the institution in question. We do not charge for these services. If you are an academic who would like to confidentially seek our help, please contact us.

          Universities and students’ unions

          Campaign Against Antisemitism helps universities and students’ unions to understand antisemitism on campus and develop robust defences against it, providing training, legal opinions and policy advice. We are also consulted when institutions need help in responding to antisemitism. We do not charge for our services. If you represent a university or students’ union, please contact us to find out how we can help you.