University of Missouri strips Bill Cosby of honorary degree

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The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators has voted unanimously to revoke an honorary doctorate degree granted to Bill Cosby in 1999, following allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women dating back to the mid-1960s.

Friday’s announcement comes two years after the disgraced comedian was stripped of several other honorary degrees from at least 25 other colleges across the U.S.

President Mun Choi issued a statement saying Cosby’s alleged actions do not reflect the University of Missouri’s values.

“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 statement said. “The evidence presented during the recent criminal trial indicated that (Cosby) engaged in behavior that is in direct conflict with the core values of the University of Missouri.”

The decision to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree was first urged by the Missouri Faculty Council in November 2015.

Cosby was tried in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault stemming from an encounter with a former Temple University basketball official at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. After an 11-day trial, including six days of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations over five days, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared on June 17.  Prosecutors immediately announced they would seek to retry Cosby.

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