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Colleges Revoke Cosby Degrees After Conviction

Colleges Revoke Cosby Degrees After Conviction

Under pressure from students, Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology said Monday it is recommending that the honorary degree it bestowed on Bill Cosby be rescinded.

Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, on Friday rescinded an honorary degree given to the actor almost three decades ago.

Cosby had been awarded almost 60 honorary degrees since 1985.

This withdrawal follows Cosby's conviction on three counts of felony-aggravated indecent assault in connection with a 2004 incident at his home near Philadelphia.

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According to the New Haven Register, the Yale Corporation will review the university's practice of not revoking honorary degrees once they are handed out. While some, such as Marquette, Boston University, Fordham, and the University of CT, quickly rescinded them before a verdict, others like Wesleyan University, North Carolina A&T, and Johns Hopkins University, waited until after Cosby was convicted. The move came one day after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting former Temple employee, Andrea Constand.

N.C. A&T Associate Vice Chancellor Todd Simmons confirmed the trustee action, but said university officials had no statement on the matter. The University has never revoked an honorary degree, and at this time there is not an established process for doing so.

While performing at the State Theatre in Easton in 1994, Cosby announced that he would be available to receive an honorary degree from Lafayette in 1996 if the college was interested.


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