George Washington University rescinds Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

George Washington University rescinds Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

George Washington University’s president announced Monday that the honorary degree presented to Bill Cosby in the 1990s would be revoked, the latest college to back away from the actor and comedian who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women and was charged last month in a decades-old case.

GW’s decision was an about-face from the position the university took in the fall, so President Steven Knapp explained in a letter to the campus community why he decided to join the list of institutions that have made similar decisions regarding Cosby. The move comes in the midst of heightened national concern over the issue of rape at colleges, an issue which makes the allegations against Cosby particularly raw on campus.

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