Fordham Rescinds Honorary Degree for Cosby

September 25, 2015

Fordham University announced this week that it has rescinded an honorary degree awarded in 2001 to Bill Cosby, the comedian who has been disgraced as numerous women have come forward to talk of being drugged and raped by him. A statement from the university said that trustees voted unanimously to rescind the degree.

"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," said the statement. "Fordham has never before rescinded an honorary degree. A recipient's actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact. 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. That Mr. Cosby was willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification, and further damage those same women's reputations and careers to obscure his guilt, hurt not only his victims, but all women, and is beyond the pale. As a Jesuit university, Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree it had bestowed upon Mr. Cosby, hence this unprecedented action."

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