We can’t say we’re surprised by this.
The comedian was charged last month for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. The 78-year-old has been accused by over 50 women of similar crimes dating back decades, and 23 other schools out of some 60 have also rescinded degrees in light of the news.
GW President Steven Knapp explained:
“In light of these efforts, students last fall raised the question of whether, given the numerous allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, the university should rescind the honorary doctoral degree it conferred on Mr. Cosby in 1997. Last October, we issued a statement indicating that honorary degrees were conferred at a moment in time, based upon what was known about the candidate at that time, and it had never been the university’s practice to rescind a degree in response to later information. Since then, however, I have continued to discuss this issue with students as well as colleagues. What has particularly moved and impressed me has been the argument that, whatever may ultimately be determined about the guilt or innocence of Mr. Cosby in a court of law, the controversy itself has become a cause of renewed distress for our students and alumni who are survivors of sexual assault. That makes this case different, in my considered judgment, from other cases in which the assessment of a degree candidate might be altered by subsequent information or events. I have therefore decided that the university will rescind Mr. Cosby’s honorary degree.”
This isn’t the only honor that’s on the table to be removed for The Cosby Show icon.
On Friday, U.S. Representative Paul Gosar introduced a bill to strip the Philly native of his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor.
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