UMass Ends Fund-Raising Role for Bill Cosby

December 1, 2014

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Wednesday asked Bill Cosby to stop down as honorary co-chair of the institution's fund-raising campaign, and he agreed, The Boston Globe reported. Cosby, who received master's and doctoral degrees in education from UMass, has been a major donor in the past (photo at right shows him at a UMass event). Many colleges have been forced to rethink their ties to him as numerous women have come forward to say that he drugged them and forced them to have sex with him. He has denied the charges.

Temple University, where Cosby serves as a trustee, is facing increased criticism for not severing ties to him. An online petition from an alumnus states: "It's time for Temple to recognize that continuing its relationship with Bill Cosby is damaging to its own reputation, as well as its students, employees and alumni. It's time for Temple University to sever its ties with this man. Temple should not be the last organization to end its relationship with Bill Cosby -- it should have happened in 2005 when the allegations against him first began to surface."

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