Goucher Revokes Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

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Bill Cosby in 2011. Photo via the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Bill Cosby in 2011. Photo via the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Goucher College became the latest university to distance itself from Bill Cosby in the wake of the sex assault charges brought against the comedian.

Cosby was given the honorary degree at the college’s 2001 commencement ceremony. Goucher President Jose Antonio Bowen sent a letter to the Goucher community after meeting with the Towson college’s executive committee. Below are excerpts from the letter:

“Following balanced, thoughtful deliberation, it has been unanimously decided that Cosby’s admitted actions are in direct violation of values Goucher holds dear, including our community principles of respect, communication, and responsibility. The discussion also factored in Goucher’s own sexual misconduct policy — arguably one of the nation’s strictest in that we require verbal consent with each escalating step of sexual activity.

Everyone in our community should be a role model. We must take a consistent stand against sexual misconduct and cannot accept Cosby’s conduct as consistent with our values. Goucher will withdraw the honorary doctor of letters that was bestowed upon Bill Cosby. We have sent him a letter explaining our intent.”

Lehigh University and Tufts also revoked Cosby’s honorary degrees. Cosby hasn’t been charged with a crime, but court documents show he admitted extramarital affairs with several women.



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