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University of Connecticut trustees this morning revoked an honorary degree that accused rapist/comedy legend Bill Cosby received in 1996./Reuters

Breaking News
11:24 am - June 29, 2016

UConn trustees revoke Cosby's honorary degree

STORRS — The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees unanimously voted this morning to revoke an honorary degree bestowed to actor/comedian Bill Cosby, who is fighting several sexual assault charges.

Cosby received an honorary doctorate during commencement exercises in 1996.

Trustees met late this morning in the Lewis B. Rome Commons Ballroom.

The board of trustees may confer honorary degrees to individuals who “represent the highest intellectual and moral values” and as a result, the award “should reflect the very character and quality of the university itself,” according to a UConn statement.

Cosby has been accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct — conduct which the university does not support.

“Since he received the honorary degree, Mr. Cosby has admitted, in sworn depositions, that he engaged in conduct that is incongruent with the values of the University of Connecticut,” wrote Mun Choi, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, in a letter to the board of trustees prior to this morning’s vote.

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