Bill Cosby Honorary Degree Revoked By Brown University

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Bill Cosby Brown Degree Revoked

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Bill Cosby Brown Degree Revoked

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Bill Cosby had his honorary degree from Brown University revoked on Tuesday, following similar action taken last week by Fordham and Marquette.

Brown granted the comedian with a doctorate of humane letters in 1985, an honor he received for being a celebrity and public figure who displays “honesty, fair play, love of family, and respect for humanity.” Now, however, Brown president Christina H. Paxson and fellow school board members have decided to invalidate the degree in light of the recent rape allegations made against him. 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 Cosby has not been convicted of any crimes, Paxson cited the comedian admitting in a deposition to having extramarital affairs as behavior “contrary to the values of Brown.” In an email sent to students and faculty members of the Ivy League school in Providence, Paxson explained that honorary degrees are rescinded when the recipient “hasn’t lived up to those standards” for which the award was given. In the case of Cosby, she said his conduct with women “is grossly inconsistent with the values of Brown” and “run counter to or undermine the accomplishments that were cited as the basis for awarding the honorary degree.”

Last week, Cosby’s attorney sent a blistering letter to Fordham slamming the school for its disparaging remarks about the one-time comedy icon. Tell Gossip Cop what you think about yet another school university taking away Cosby’s honorary degree.


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