Fordham University announced Thursday that it would rescind the honorary degree given to Bill Cosby in 2001, marking the first time the University has ever taken back an honorary degree.
The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind the honorary degree amid ongoing allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually abused multiple women over the course of his career. He had originally been awarded the degree for his role in enhancing black representation in American television.
In a letter to students and faculty, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane said that the University has never before rescinded an honorary degree, and that for it to happen “a recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact.”
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