Antisemitism in Universities

Birmingham City University

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

The University has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 7th July 2020. The University responded on 3rd August 2020 with an update on 29th January 2021.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…Adoption of the IHRA definition was considered by BCU in November 2020. The IHRA definition was not adopted. The University considered the IHRA definition alongside its duty to ensure that the right to free expression and open debate is maintained at the University. The University takes all forms of discrimination very seriously, including anti-Semitism [sic]…The University is also developing a new [email protected] statement to further raise awareness around different forms of discrimination (including anti-Semitism[sic]).”

Students’ Union

When asked on 23rd July 2020, Birmingham City University Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Incidents

No incidents 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.

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.