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Swiss University Won’t Revoke Honor for Mussolini

June 27, 2022

The University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, has decided not to revoke an honorary degree for Benito Mussolini, the World War II leader of Italy and an ally of Adolf Hitler, Reuters reported.

A panel of experts commissioned to examine the case said that the decision to grant the doctorate “constituted a serious mistake on the part of the academic and political authorities” at the time. “This title constitutes a legitimization of a criminal regime and its ideology.”

However, the panel did not recommend withdrawing the title, saying it would give the false impression that the original decision to give the doctorate could be “corrected today.”

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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