Tufts, Goucher Revoke Cosby Honorary Degrees

October 16, 2015

Tufts University and Goucher College are the latest to rescind honorary degrees from Bill Cosby. Lehigh University did the same Wednesday, joining a growing group of universities revoking degrees awarded to the actor and comedian. "Mr. Cosby has demonstrated a lack of character and integrity that clearly does not represent the values to which our university is committed and for which he was honored," Tufts President Tony Monaco said in a statement.

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts also withdrew the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media awarded to Cosby in 2011.

Goucher President José Bowen wrote to the campus Thursday that the board voted unanimously the night before to rescind the degree the college awarded Cosby in 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported. "Troubling accusations have come forward about Cosby having nonconsensual sexual relations with women, and as more and more women came forward this past summer, new evidence revealed Cosby knowingly gave women drugs to encourage sexual relations," Bowen wrote. "Had this information been known at the time, I am confident Goucher would not have awarded this honor."

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