A handful of post-secondary institutions are revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degrees, but at least one college refuses to.
Both Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, have rescinded honorary degrees previously presented to the now-disgraced comedian.
The news follows a jury’s conviction of Cosby on all counts of sexual assault following a retrial.
“The university conferred the honorary degree on the comedian and actor in 2004 based on his professional accomplishments to that date,” Johns Hopkins said in a statement published by WBAL TV. “At the time the honorary degree was conferred, the university was unaware of the allegations that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted dozens of women over decades.”
University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins said on Thursday, “As a result of his conviction today on three felony charges in a sexual assault, the University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1990.
“While certainly troubled by serious, public accusations made by multiple women against him, the University elected to wait until due process had been afforded the accused, and a verdict delivered, before rescinding the honour.”
Temple University is also reconsidering Cosby’s degree at this school, with a spokesman saying the jury’s verdict “provides additional facts for the university to consider” with respect to the degree.
One school refusing to revoke the “Cosby Show” star’s degree is Boston College, who stated, “As a matter of policy, we do not rescind honorary degrees, which are given to individuals based on their accomplishments at the time of the award.”
Cosby, 80, is facing up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand.