Friday, May 17, 2019

Stamping out Anti-Semitism in Universities

The Universities Minister is calling on universities to stamp out antisemitism ensuring that there is a safe, welcoming and tolerant environment on UK campuses.

Key facts
  • Universities have a responsibility to ensure students do not face discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any kind and provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students. 
  • Free speech is vital to the independence and innovation of the higher education sector and must be protected - so it is unacceptable to oblige certain groups of students to incur costs for security because of their race or religion. 
  • The government is urging universities to advance their efforts to tackle unacceptable religious hatred and are calling on them to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. 

Why this matters

Our universities should show that they are serious about ensuring their campuses are tolerant environments – by showing moral leadership and adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

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