Antisemitism in Universities

Open University

International Definition of Antisemitism

University

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

The Definition was adopted on 11th May 2021.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 18th November 2021. On 22nd November 2021, the University responded.

As part of its response, the University provided Council minutes of 11th May 2021, which show that the Definition was adopted. Additionally, the University announced the decision through a statement on its website on 2nd June 2021.

Students’ Union

When asked on 5th August 2020, the Open University Students’ Association 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.

Dr Les Levidow, a Senior Research Fellow at the Open University, spoke at a pro-Hizballah parade, ending his speech: “Down with the anti-terror laws”.

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.