The Council of the University of Wollongong adopts this Statement on the IHRA non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism in furtherance of its commitment to ensuring that UOW is a safe and respectful community.
Our University Code of Conduct, together with our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Respect for Diversity Policy, Student Conduct Rules, and Campus Access and Order Rules and Statement on Academic Freedom provide the right for all members of our university community to experience a safe environment free from unfair treatment, discrimination, harassment, victimisation, vilification or bullying, including whilst exercising academic freedom and freedom of expression. The interwoven religious, racial, cultural and national characteristics of Jewish collective identity complicate the conceptualisation and understanding of antisemitism. The Council therefore adopts the authoritative IHRA definition to aid clarity and to provide guidance in the interpretation and application of our governing legislation, rules, standards, codes, policies and guidelines with regard to ensuring a safe environment for Jewish members of our community.
The University of Wollongong welcomes further feedback from its community on this issue and our Complaints Management Centre is an available avenue to raise any concerns.
Approved 8 April 2022