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At St George’s, we’re proud of our diverse staff and student body and we're committed to creating a positive working and learning environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect. This includes respecting the beliefs and religions of our staff and students and ensuring that people from all backgrounds, including those from all faiths and none, are afforded equivalent protection. 

Our dignity at work and study policy outlines the behaviours and principles we expect our staff and students to adhere to.

The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals from being discriminated against or treated differently due to their religion or belief. In this context religion applies to any religion or reference to religion, including a lack of religion. Belief relates to any religious or philosophical belief or reference to belief, including a lack of belief.

At St George’s we have an InterFaith Forum. This group is made up of staff and student representatives. The aim of the Interfaith Forum is to:

  • promote good interfaith relationships on campus

  • promote understanding between people of different faiths and those of no faith

  • act as a formal conduit for information on religion and belief and help communicate with all staff and students on faith-related issues

  • ensure the multi-faith and quiet contemplation rooms are available to be used by all members of the university and help resolve any issues related to the use of the MultiFaith and Quiet Contemplation Room.

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Freedom of speech and promoting good campus relations

We aim to protect staff and students of all backgrounds from intimidation, harassment and violent behaviour and have developed a Promoting Good Campus Relations policy to ensure all freedom of speech at St George’s remains lawful.

IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

As part of our commitment to being an anti-racist organisation, St George’s has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition on antisemitism in full, with clarifications recommended by the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2016

The IHRA definition is as follows:

“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.

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”

We have also included the following clarifications “to ensure that freedom of speech is maintained in the context of discourse about Israel and Palestine, without allowing antisemitism to permeate any debate”, as recommended by the Home Affairs Select Committee:

  • “It is not anti-Semitic to criticise the government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest anti-Semitic intent  
  • It is not anti-Semitic to hold the Israeli government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli government's policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest anti-Semitic intent.”  

Read our dignity at work and study policy to find out more about the behaviours and principles we expect our staff and students to adhere to.

MultiFaith and Quiet Contemplation Room

There is a MultiFaith and Quiet Contemplation Room available for staff and students of all religions and beliefs to use, including those with no religious belief. The room is located on Jenner Wing, First Floor by Staircase 20.  For more information about the space, visit the MultiFaith Room Protocol policy or the MultiFaith room FAQs (PDF).

Reasonable accommodation

St George’s has produced a religion and belief code of practice which outlines what reasonable accommodations the institution may offer for reasons of religious observance.

We also have the following policies which allow students the opportunity to apply for a reasonable accommodation to be made for reasons of religion or belief

Student societies

There are several religious student societies at St George's, including:

 

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