UNC Moving Toward Revoking Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

03 May, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • The TV Academy Has Removed Bill Cosby's Name From Its Website

Yale is the latest university to rescind the honorary degree they previously awarded Bill Cosby following his sexual assault conviction.

Cosby was awarded the honorary degree by Yale in 2003.

Yale's dramatic move underscores its commitment "to both the elimination of sexual misconduct and the adherence to due process", the board's statement said.

The juror, Harrison Snyder, said that Cosby's remarks in a 2005 deposition - saying that he had given sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with - proved that he was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home 14 years ago. Folt said this is the first known time that the university has taken steps to revoke an honorary degree.


When announcing the board's decision, Yale's spokesperson said that the board chose to take the degree back "after he was afforded due process". His sentencing will be determined on July 11th. The University of CT did so in 2016, amid mounting accusations against the aging comedian, also marking the first time UConn had taken such a punitive action.

"We do not take this action lightly".

Deadline was first to report Wednesday that Cosby's name had been removed from the TV Academy website, that his bust would be kept in storage, and that his Emmys would not be rescinded at this time.

The 80-year-old Cosby, who earned a reputation as America's Dad playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated family sitcom "The Cosby Show", is now a prisoner in the suburban Philadelphia mansion where the encounter with Constand occurred. She was the third woman to come forward and accuse the actor of rape, although several other women subsequently went public with similar allegations. During her testimony, she said that Cosby gave her three blue pills which immobilized her. "Today the Temple University Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendation of the University to rescind the honorary degree".

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