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University of Missouri revokes Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

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The University of Missouri-Columbia has revoked Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

They say it was done with full support from the Board of Curators and at the urging of administrative and faculty leaders.

“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,” a statement from the university said. “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.”

According to the statement from the university, 20 to 25 other universities have rescinded honorary degrees they’ve given Cosby. The decisions came after the sexual assault allegations against Cosby became public.

According to the Associated Press, this is the first time the university has ever revoked an honorary degree. 

Cosby received the doctorate in humane letters in 1999. In November of 2015, the Missouri Faculty Council recommended that curators revoke Cosby's degree.

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