Bill Cosby Honorary Doctorate Degree Revoked By Fordham University
Bill Cosby had his honorary doctorate from Fordham University revoked on Thursday after president Joseph McShane and fellow school board members unanimously agreed to invalidate the degree in light of the recent rape allegations.
As Gossip Cop has reported, more than 50 women have come forward in the past year and accused Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing them. Although the comedian has not been convicted of any crimes in a court of law, Fordham officials felt there was strong enough evidence to warrant evoking the doctorate, which he received in 2001.
In a statement to students, the school wrote, “The University has taken this extraordinary step in light of Mr. Cosby’s now-public court depositions that confirm many of the allegations made against him.” As Gossip Cop has also noted, an advocacy group launched a campaign in July calling on President Obama to take back Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. However, Obama explained that it’s not “legally possible” to take such action, and that there’s “no precedent” for such a thing.
University policy, of course, is different than government procedures, and despite Fordham having never before revoked an honorary degree, the school made an exception for Cosby. Tell Gossip Cop what you think about Cosby’s doctorate being taken away from him.