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University of Bristol adopts in full the IHRA working definition of antisemitism

6 December 2019

On 28 October, Senate discussed the recommendation that the University adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism and endorsed it for approval by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees approved the recommendation on 22 November and issued the following statement:

“The University of Bristol has adopted in full the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. 

“We will also start to consult on the adoption of additional definitions relating to other minority groups that may also feel vulnerable to discrimination and hatred. 

“All such definitions will be applied by the University in a manner which is consistent with our legally-binding commitments to freedom of speech and to the rights of all students and staff to discuss difficult and sensitive topics, provided that this right is exercised responsibly, within the law, and with respect for others who may have differing views. 

“We take this opportunity to restate that there is no place for any racism, bullying or discrimination at the University of Bristol and that this should be a place where all feel safe, welcomed and respected, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, age or social background.”


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