Fordham, Marquette Rescind Bill Cosby's Honorary Degrees

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 09/25/2015 | 09:00 AM EDT

Star stripped of honorary degrees amid sexual assault scandal

Bill Cosby has taken yet another hit. Fordham and Marquette universities have rescinded the star's honorary degrees amid his sexual assault scandal.

 

The decision came down Thursday, as the schools released statements to its students. Both schools say it is the first time they have rescinded an honorary degree.

 

"Today Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of Fordham, put before the University Board of Trustees a motion to rescind Mr. Cosby’s honorary degree. The trustees voted unanimously to do so, officially rescinding Mr. Cosby’s Fordham degree," Fordham officials stated. "The University has taken this extraordinary step in light of Mr. Cosby’s now-public court depositions that confirm many of the allegations made against him by numerous women."

 

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Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers said in a statement: "[...] Over the past several weeks, we’ve had extensive conversations with campus leaders and faculty members who showed overwhelming support for the action our board took today. By his own admission, Mr. Cosby engaged in behaviors that go entirely against our university’s mission and the Guiding Values we have worked so hard to instill on our campus."

 

Fordham presented Cosby with the degree in 2001 and Marquette gave theirs in 2013.

 

Cosby stands accused of drugging and/or sexually assaulting more than 50 women over the span of four decades. He has never been formally charged.

 

The 78-year-old comedian is set to be deposed on Oct. 9 in relation to a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 1974.

 

(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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