Christ’s students punished for anti-Semitic attack

Joanna Taylor 5 December 2016

Two students from Christ's College have been punished following allegations of anti-Semitic abuse at a joint sports societies party in the Graduate Lounge at 17 Mill Lane. 

Over a month on since the incident occurred and was reported on by The Telegraph, Professor Jane Stapleton, Master of Christ’s College, has confirmed that two students admitted to “using foul language and participating in a scuffle”.

Both students have been disciplined by the college, which obtained CCTV footage of the incident, but this does not carry audio. The students denied “using any anti-Semitic or racist language” or initiating the “physical hostility”. 

The three Jewish students who reported the incident said that they entered the party by accident, after which other students attempted to drag them out of the room, issuing anti-Semitic abuse and threats. 

They also allege that the assailants attempted to choke one of them with a scarf. 

In an e-mail to Professor Stapleton, one of the accusors wrote: “We heard shouting and were literally grabbed and pulled out of the building by about seven large, intimidating males.” 

Both themselves and bystanders also heard “a number of vicious anti-Semitic slurs”, they added. 

A University spokesperson told Varsity: “The collegiate University is committed to the welfare and safety of all its students, and expects all members of its community to treat each other with respect and consideration at all times, and to act within the law.

“Any criminal behaviour should be reported to the police.” 

The students involved in the attack remain anonymous and the attackers' punishments are unknown.