UPDATE: University of Missouri rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree

5 months 14 hours 4 minutes ago Friday, June 23 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 6:11:00 AM CDT June 23, 2017 in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA (AP) — UPDATE: The University of Missouri Board of Curators Friday rescinded Bill Cosby's honorary degree in humane letters, which he received in 1999.

Cosby is facing allegations from several women who say the comedian sexually assaulted them.

A university news release said, "The evidence presented during the recent criminal trial indicated that he engaged in behavior that is in direct conflict with the core values of the University of Missouri."

It is the first time the university has ever revoked an honorary degree.

"Honorary degrees throughout the University of Missouri System are reserved for those who have ascended to the pinnacle of their fields while conducting themselves consistent with the university’s core values," the statement said.

The university said at least 25 other colleges and universities across the country have withdrawn honorary degrees and honors from Cosby since the sexual assault accusations became public.

 

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