Fordham University Destroys Honorary Doctorate Degree That Was Given To Comedian Bill Cosby In 2001
|Fordham University Destroys Honorary Doctorate Degree That |
Was Given To Comedian Bill Cosby In 2001
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In a letter to students and faculty, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane said that the University has never before rescinded an honorary degree, and that for it to happen “a recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact.”
|Joseph M. McShane|
By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing,” McShane wrote.
“Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions.”
In a statement to students, the school said, "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."