UConn Revokes Honorary Degree for Cosby

June 30, 2016

The board of the University of Connecticut voted unanimously Wednesday to revoke the honorary degree it awarded to Bill Cosby in 1996. Last year many colleges revoked degrees previously awarded to Cosby as more evidence surfaced not only of sexual assaults he is accused of but of actions to which he has admitted. UConn acted on the recommendation of the undergraduate student government and the University Senate.

"The University of Connecticut, and all institutions of higher education, must work diligently to prevent sexual assault and to support and care for victims. Mr. Cosby has admitted to conduct that is contrary to the values of the University of Connecticut," says background material prepared for the board meeting.

The university has never before rescinded an honorary degree.

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