The University does not appear to have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.
The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “The IHRA [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] definition has been included in the Respect@BCU policy which was launched on 22 September 2021. The policy uses the definition of Antisemitism from the IHRA but it does not include the illustrative examples. The OfS [Office for Students] have been informed accordingly, and have included BCU on the list of Universities adopting the definition.”
As part of its response, the University provided to Campaign Against Antisemitism the minutes of a meeting on an unknown date in 2021. The minutes stated: “We sent a return to OfS stating that the definition is included in our Respect@BCU policy which can be found on our website. Noting that we did not state that we have adopted the definition as we had issue with the corresponding examples, viewing these as potentially restricting political free speech. The OfS have accepted our response.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism considers the examples to be integral to the Definition, without which an adoption is not complete. In a statement on 7th August 2018, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance reiterated the integrality of the examples to the Definition.
This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 7th July 2020. On 3rd August 2020, the University responded. On 29th January 2021, the University updated its response with a further update on 24th November 2021.
The University has subsequently told Campaign Against Antisemitism: “Our previous response dated 24th November 2021 still stands.”
This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 8th June 2023. On 4th July 2023, the University responded.