Another hit for Cosby: Fordham University rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree

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Another hit for Cosby: Fordham rescinds honorary degree.

Both universities made the decisions after more than 40 women came forward with claims of sexual assault against 78-year-old comedian, Bill Cosby. (Source: AP) Fordham and Marquette Universities have revoked comedian Bill Cosby’s honorary doctorate.In wake of the many sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby, two Jesuit universities — Fordham University and Marquette University — have rescinded the honorary degrees awarded to the comedian. “As a Jesuit university, Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree it had bestowed upon Mr.

Fordham president Joseph McShane introduced a motion to pull Cosby’s doctorate and members of the Board of Trustees of the university unanimously agreed. The university cited Cosby’s words in a recently released 2005 deposition, in which the 78-year-old admitted to giving women quaaludes before sex, which Cosby claimed was consensual. “By his own admission, Mr. The university presented the Cos with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in 2001 for “the significant role he played in breaking the color barrier in American television and popular culture, and his position as an inspirational figure for millions of African Americans.” But that started to change in 2005, after a woman named Andrea Constand sued Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her. It’s the first time the university took such steps in its history. “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,” a representative for the university said in a statement. “A recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonourable and have a deep impact. The college’s President Michael Lovell tweeted, “I’m proud of our trustees and Marquette leadership for taking this important stand.” Lowell said he received overwhelming support from campus leaders and faculty members for the board’s decision.

The actor and comedian had delivered the 2001 commencement speech to students at Fordham College at Rose Hill, the oldest and largest of the New York-based university’s 10 colleges. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions,” the school’s statement said. “That Mr.

Last month, a Los Angeles County judge ordered Cosby to answer questions under oath in the case of Judy Huth, who filed a lawsuit in December claiming that the comedian sexually assaulted her when she was 15. Cosby was willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification, and further damage those same women’s reputations and careers to obscure his guilt, hurt not only his victims, but all women, and is beyond the pale.”

Halleran, according to the article, said it would be “very messy.” In July, Spelman College ended a Cosby professorship, despite the fact that Bill Cosby and his wife Camile donated some $20 million to Spelman College in the ’80s, according to In February 2015, eight members of university faculty founded Fordham Against Torture (FAT), which created a petition calling the university to revoke former CIA chief John Brennan’s honorary degree. You understand that we have no obligation to monitor any discussion forums, blogs, photo- or video-sharing pages, or other areas of the Site through which users can supply information or material.

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