Antisemitism in Universities

Durham University

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

The University has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples.

The Definition was adopted on 18th February 2020.

It is unclear from the University’s response to Campaign Against Antisemitism whether it applies the Definition in disciplinary matters, confirming that: “The University has two policies under which it can investigate allegations of antisemitism for disciplinary purposes. The Respect at Work Policy covers the workplace whilst the Respect at Study Policy covers student members of the University. Antisemitism would fall under the definitions of discrimination, bullying and harassment set out within those policies.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 8th July 2020. On 27th October 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided minutes of a meeting on 18th February 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted. Additionally, the University published a statement on its website on26th November 2020.

Students’ Union

When asked on 25th July 2020, Durham 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.