Fordham University, in New York City, has revoked the honorary doctorate that was awarded to Bill Cosby in 2001.
Members of the Board of Trustees agreed to rescind the 78-year-old’s degree.
This marks the first time the university has done so in its 174-year history.
The schools representative stated that the school–“has taken this extraordinary step in light of Mr. Cosby’s now-public court depositions that confirm many of the allegations made against him by numerous women.”
In addition, the rep stated:
“A recipient’s actions would have to be both unambiguously dishonorable and have a deep impact. By his own admission, Mr. Cosby’s sexual exploitation of women was premeditated and ongoing. Equally appalling is his longtime strategy of denigrating the reputations of women who accused him of such actions. [Cosby was] willing to drug and rape women for his sexual gratification, and further damage those same women’s reputations and careers to obscure his guilt, hurt not only his victims, but all women, and is beyond the pale.”
The decision of rescinding the award was based upon the more than 40 women who claims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against the actor.
The decision also came after Spelman University’s decision to discontinue its professorship with Cosby, in July.
Though Cosby has not yet faced criminal charges based on the allegations, the incident includes the removal of a bronze bust of the actor from Disneyland, NYU’s decision to remove Cosby’s name from its Future Filmmakers Workshop, and the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art stating that she would never have moved forward with an exhibit featuring the artworks owned by the actor, had she been aware of the allegations against him, according to Huffington Post.