Antisemitism in Universities

Coventry University

International Definition of Antisemitism


The University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism but it is unclear if the adoption included all of its examples.

The Definition appears to have been adopted on 7th May 2020. However, the examples of the Definition seem to have been omitted by the University in further guidance documents produced by the University.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “The University has adopted the IHRA definition and it takes into consideration all of the examples when dealing with individual harassment complaints. However, the examples are not yet included in the Dignity and Respect Guidance. We are considering adding the examples as an appendix. The appendix will include examples of antisemitism and other behaviours that the University deems contrary to its Dignity and Respect Guidance.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 8th July 2020. On 5th August 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided draft minutes of a meeting of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) on 7th May 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted, although the examples were not referred to.

Students’ Union

When asked on 25th July 2020, Coventry University Students’ Union failed to confirm whether it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.


The following are recent incidents that have been reported to us. There may be additional incidents that have not yet been reported to us. To report an incident, please contact us.

Coventry University Dodgeball Team suspended for hosting a party in which students elected to emblazon their t-shirts with antisemitic emblems and slogans.

A swastika found on campus.

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.