Bill Cosby Loses Honorary Degree From University Of Missouri
The University of Missouri-Columbia has joined more than 20 other colleges around the country in rescinding Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.
The decision followed a recommendation for degree removal from school president Mun Choi, who cited sexual-assault allegations that women have brought forward against Cosby in recent years.
Cosby was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in December of 1999.
According to the agenda paperwork, Cosby has already had about 20 honorary degrees revoked by other universities.
The official statement from Mizzou read:
The University of Missouri-Columbia, with full support of the Board of Curators and at the urging of administrative and faculty leaders, has revoked Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.
Honorary degrees throughout the University of Missouri System are reserved for those who have ascended to the pinnacle of their fields while conducting themselves consistent with the university’s core values. The evidence presented during the recent criminal trial indicated that he engaged in behavior that is in direct conflict with the core values of the University of Missouri.
We join 20 to 25 other universities in rescinding his honorary degree.