News

Franklin & Marshall latest to rescind Cosby honorary degree

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2015 1:29 AM
bill_cosby.jpg

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

(Lancaster) -- A midstate college has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby. 

The board at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster recently voted to revoke the honor given 15 years ago when he was the commencement speaker. 

A spokeswoman says the school is also looking into returning the $100,000 Cosby gave to create a scholarship that has funded several students' graduate work. 

Court documents unsealed in July show the 78-year-old Cosby admitted extramarital relationships with several women, some of whom accuse him of sexual assault. 

Cosby has never been charged with a crime. 

Franklin & Marshall says the conduct is "egregiously in contrast to the college and our educational mission.'' 

Several other schools, including Fordham, Tufts, Baylor and Lehigh, have already pulled their Cosby degrees.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »