Antisemitism in Universities

University of Sussex

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 17th February 2020.

The University has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does apply the Definition in disciplinary matters for Students but not in their “…HR [Human Resources] disciplinary policies or procedures.”

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 15th July 2020. On 11th August 2020, the University responded.

Students’ Union

When asked on 11th August 2020, University of Sussex 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.

University of Sussex hit by swastikas and graffiti declaring “Jet fuel can’t melt Jews. Holocaust was an inside job.”

Campaign Against Antisemitism calls on the universities to cancel an ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ event for contravening 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.