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Lehigh Is Latest to Rescind Cosby Degree

October 15, 2015
 

Lehigh University announced that it is rescinding an honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby in 2004. "In sworn deposition testimony, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath to behavior that is antithetical to the values of Lehigh University and inconsistent with the character and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify," the university said in a statement on its website.

The list of colleges actively considering rescinding Cosby's honorary degrees grew this week as well. The University of Pittsburgh decided to look into the matter formally after the college's student newspaper raised the issue last week, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. So far seven out of more than 60 universities have rescinded degrees they awarded to Cosby. Many that have done so point directly to testimony Cosby gave in a 2005 deposition in which Cosby admitted to drugging women before sex, though he claims the encounters were consensual. More testimony from one of several ongoing civil lawsuits against the comedian may become public in December.

 
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