University of Connecticut Stripped An honorary Degree For The First TimeBy Sarene Mae Butao, UniversityHerald Reporter
The honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby by University of Connecticut was revoked after the alleged misconduct.
The University of Connecticut has voted to take back Bill Cosby's honorary degree, Doctorate in Fine Arts. The board of trustees (BOT) unanimously decided to strip Bill Cosby of his degree after the allegations of misconduct. The comedian received the degree from the institution in 1996, Time reported.
The University of Connecticut officials said that this is the first time that they have revoked an honorary degree.
The memo written by Mun T. Choi, UConn Provost, to the board of trustees, stated that Mr. Cosby admitted that he engaged in conduct that is not congruent with the University of Connecticut's values.
The University of Connecticut is one of the ten schools to have stripped Bill Cosby of honorary degrees. The list of universities includes New York University, Spelman College, Brown University, and George Washington University. Also, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fordham University, and Drew University stripped Colby of his honorary degree.
Women have surfaced last year accusing Bill Cosby of committing sexual assault on them throughout Cosby's career. The length of which is said to span to more than four decades. Bill Cosby, however, denied the allegations of sexual misconduct repeatedly.
The allegations faced by the 78-year-old comedian, Bill Cosby was that he drugged dozens of women in the years of his career. The charges pressed against him is a criminal offense with regards to the allegations by a woman which is supported by several others through lawsuits. There is also number of women accusing him of the misconduct from Massachusetts, Pix11 reported
Despite the number of lawsuits, Bill Cosby constantly denies the charges of criminal offense. His spokesman also gave no comment about the stripping of Bill Cosby's honorary degrees.