University of Missouri faculty suggest revoking Cosby degree

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Comedian Bill Cosby appears on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley on April 15, 2012.

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COLUMBIA, Mo.  — The University of Missouri Faculty Council has voted to recommend rescind an honorary doctorate given to Bill Cosby.

The Columbia Missourian reports the council, which is made up of elected representatives of campus faculty, voted Nov. 5 to take back Cosby’s honorary doctorate in humane letters. Ben Trachtenberg, chair of the Faculty Council, said Tuesday that he has sent a letter with the recommendation to interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Provost Garnett Stokes.

The 78-year-old comedian is embroiled in dozens of allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women. Cosby has not been charged in any of the cases and had denied many of the allegations, while not addressing others.

Cosby received the honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1999. The university would join several other schools that have revoked degrees given to Cosby.

 

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