3 More Universities Rescind Cosby's Honorary Degrees

October 9, 2015

Several more universities recently rescinded honorary degrees they awarded to Bill Cosby, turning what was once a trickle into a growing trend.

Baylor University announced Thursday that its board of trustees voted unanimously to rescind the degree it awarded the comedian and star of The Cosby Show. "Baylor University is working to confront the scourge of interpersonal and sexual violence wherever it occurs. As a result, Baylor’s Board of Regents has voted to rescind an honorary doctor of humane letters awarded to Mr. Bill Cosby in 2003," the university said in a statement. "Because acts of interpersonal and sexual violence contradict our very mission and values, Baylor University is investing significantly to ensure the safety of our campus …. It is against this backdrop that Baylor’s Board of Regents has decided to take this action."

In the past week, both the University of San Francisco and Wilkes University also rescinded degrees they awarded Cosby, bringing the total number of revoked degrees to six. Still more institutions are actively considering making the same move.

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