University of Essex Vice-Chancellor expresses his shock at recent events and condemns antisemitism in all forms
University of Essex Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster said:
“To see the University of Essex associated with antisemitism has been a deeply shocking event and one which has filled me with great sadness.
“Antisemitism is antithetical to the values of the University of Essex and has no place at our University. We have a zero tolerance approach to harassment and hate crime which is at the very core of our values and beliefs. We are proud to subscribe to the working definition of antisemitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
“Recent events have shown me we still have work to do, and I am announcing a series of immediate actions to tackle all forms of antisemitism within our community.”
Specific actions announced by the Vice Chancellor include:
- A commitment to ensuring that the Jewish Society is created at the University of Essex, irrespective of any ratification by the Students Union;
- The immediate launch of a review to ensure that we provide unequivocal support to our Jewish students and staff;
- An independent investigation of allegations against a member of staff, and whilst this takes place they have been suspended;
- Holding a public event on Thursday February 28 at 1pm, in support of our Jewish community, to which staff, students and members of the public are invited.