Antisemitism in Universities

King’s College London

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 16th May 2018.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does apply the Definition in disciplinary matters, confirming that: “King’s College London has accepted the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism in full and uses it to guide our practices and procedures, including those related to disciplinary action.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 13th July 2020. On 2nd September 2020, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided minutes of a meeting of its Senior Management Team on 16th May 2018, which show that the Definition was adopted.

Students’ Union

When asked on 3rd August 2020, King’s College London 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.

King’s College London’s (KCL) branch of the University and College Union (UCU) passed a motion calling on the University to revoke its adoption of the International Definition of Antisemitism.

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.