Antisemitism in Universities



Canterbury Christ Church University


International Definition of Antisemitism

University

The University appears to have adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism on an unknown date in 2021.

The University told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…We have agreed we will use the IHRA definition as a reference point when incidents of antisemitism are alleged or identified, as well as in ensuring our Equalities and Inclusion policies, guidance and support are appropriate and effective. This commitment was agreed by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and subsequently discussed and agreed by our Senior Management Team.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 8th July 2020. On 7th August 2020, the University responded and updated its response on 18th June 2021.

Students’ Union

When asked on 24th July 2020, Christ Church 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.

Canterbury Christ Church University acted to remove its brand from Urban Dictionary after Campaign Against Antisemitism alerted it to its advertisements featuring alongside antisemitic and offensive entries on the controversial website.


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.