Fordham, Marquette rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees amid sexual assault …

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Another hit for Cosby: Fordham rescinds honorary degree.

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assault accusations against Bill Cosby, two Jesuit universities — Fordham University and Marquette University — have rescinded the honorary degrees awarded to the comedian.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Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree it had bestowed upon Mr.Fordham and Marquette universities on Thursday rescinded honorary degrees from Bill Cosby amid allegations from women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.MILWAUKEE—Marquette University announced Thursday it is rescinding an honorary degree it awarded to comedian and father figure Bill Cosby when he was commencement speaker for the Class of 2013, amid compounding allegations the actor was a serial rapist who drugged his victims.

Cosby drew great applause when he donned a Marquette cap and revealed an MU sweatshirt under his graduation garb during the May 2013 commencement at a nearly packed BMO Harris Bradley Center. 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.

McShane, S.J., which had gone out to the Fordham community, said that the university’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted on a motion to revoke Cosby’s 2001 honorary doctor of fine arts. He told graduates to go into the world remembering the values they learned from the school’s Jesuits: respect, integrity, and a responsibility to serve others. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing,” the statement reads. “Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions.” Cosby originally received the honor from Fordham in 2001 for his role in improving the way the black community was represented in television and pop culture. Similarly, Marquette University retracted the degree given to Cosby in 2013 on Thursday, which also marks the first revocation of its kind for the institution. “Every day, we live these values by challenging our students to integrate knowledge and faith into their real-life decisions in ways that will shape their lives,” the Jesuit university said in a statement.

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. 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.” He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honor, Twain Prize, and a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 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 ajc.com. 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. Last year, the Navy stripped Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, and more recently Cosby lost a Disney statue and a mural in North Philadelphia.

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