Handling Allegations of Antisemitism
Statement on the handling of allegations of antisemitism.
The University does not tolerate antisemitism in any form. Our Dignity & Respect policy makes it clear that the University is intent on promoting a positive culture for working and studying in which all members of the University’s community treat each other with dignity, respect and where inappropriate behaviour including any form of discrimination, harassment and bullying is handled appropriately.
At its meeting of 21 July 2020 the University Executive agreed that the University should adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism and should use this definition when an allegation of antisemitism is being taken forward under the Staff Disciplinary Policy or the Code of Student Conduct.
The definition reads: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The University also has a moral and statutory duty to uphold freedom of expression on campus and will interpret and apply the IHRA definition in a way that is consistent with these duties. This includes applying the IHRA definition on a case-by-case basis when allegations of antisemitism are being investigated, in a manner that recognises and respects the right to freedom of expression on campus and our commitment to a positive environment for all members of our community.