Antisemitism in Universities

Arts University Bournemouth

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

The University has not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that adoption “…was discussed at [the] Equalities Committee but it was agreed that, as the University did not explicitly mention any specific belief or faith within its anti-discrimination policies, it would not be appropriate to adopt the Definition. However, it would make reference to the Definition when relevant”.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 7th July 2020. On 30th July 2020, the University responded.

Students’ Union

When asked on 20th July 2020, Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union (AUBSU) confirmed that it had not adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

Arts University Bournemouth Students’ Union has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…AUBSU are subject to AUB [Arts University Bournemouth] policies and procedures. AUB has stated that they refer to the IHRA definition when relevant; AUBSU also refers to the IHRA when relevant in discussions 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.