Brown University Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree


Universities continue to distance themselves from Bill Cosby.

On Monday, Brown University rescinded the comedian’s honorary degree, which was awarded to him in 1985.

In a letter to students, university president Christina Paxson said Cosby’s conduct met the criteria of being “grossly inconsistent” with Brown’s values.

“It has become clear, by his own admission in legal depositions that became public this summer, that Mr. Cosby has engaged in conduct with women that is contrary to the values of Brown and the qualities for which he was honored by the University in 1985,” wrote Paxson in an email to the Brown community Monday night.

Paxson added: “The conduct that Mr. Cosby has acknowledged is wholly inconsistent with the behavior we expect of any individual associated with Brown.”

Fordham University and Marquette University also rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees last week.

“By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions,” read a statement issued by Fordham president Joseph M. McShane.

Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, had particularly strong words for Fordham’s handling of the action, calling the university’s statement “so irresponsible as to shock the conscience” adding that it “grossly mischaracterizes both Mr. Cosby’s actions and his deposition testimony, in language more befitting a tabloid journal rather than a respected institution of higher learning.”

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SOURCE: Andrea Mandell