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BC Rescinds Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

The Boston College honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1996 will be rescinded, according to the university's Friday afternoon Facebook page.

The decision comes one day after University spokesman Jack Dunn informed the Boston Globe that BC would not rescind Cosby's honorary degree, an announcement that received criticism from many students, alumni, and members of the BC community.

“As a matter of policy, we do not rescind honorary degrees, which are given to individuals based on their accomplishments at the time of the award,” said Dunn, in the statement to the Globe.

BC's decision follows that of other universities who have rescinded honorary degrees awarded to Cosby in the last several days, including Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Notre Dame, and Wesleyan University.

These institutions chose to rescind Cosby's honorary degrees following the verdict of a Pennsylvania jury on Thursday, which found Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand when she was a guest at his home in 2004.

While Thursday's verdict was Cosby's first conviction, dozens of women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault over the course of the past 50 years.

The New York Times reported that Cosby has received approximately 60 honorary degrees from universities across the country. Many of these universities, including Fordham University, rescinded the degree back in 2015 after multiple accusations of sexual assault against Cosby became public.

 

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