Antisemitism in Universities

University of Bath

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

The University has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

However the University told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…[it] is currently engaged in a two-year initiative to strengthen our policies regarding discrimination and prejudice and as part of our work the team at Bath is closely reviewing guidelines and definitions prepared by various expert bodies…The University has not yet finalised its consideration of the IHRA definition, and we hope to do so over the next two months, but we have already agreed to draw upon the IHRA definition as part of a process to create robust policies and processes to tackle antisemitism…”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 13th July 2020. The University responded on 10th August 2020, with an update on 26th January 2021.

Students’ Union

When asked on 21st October 2020, University of Bath Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Incidents

The following are recent incidents that have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.

Zeid Truscott, a University of Bath student who refused to apologise for antisemitic posts, was disqualified as candidate for the Executive Council of the National Union of Students.

Jewish life on campus

The incidence of antisemitism on a university campus and how the 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.