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Bill Cosby sex assault case: University of Cincinnati trustees to consider revoking honorary degree

Posted at 7:52 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 12:03:34-04

CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati trustees will meet in a special session Tuesday to consider revoking Bill Cosby's honorary degree.

The university awarded Cosby an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2001. Since then, numerous women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against the comedian and actor. 

A Pennsylvania jury convicted Cosby last month on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

READ MORE: Juror says Cosby's own words led to his conviction

The case was the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena.

Even before the verdict, more than 20 colleges and universities across the U.S. had revoked honorary degrees from Cosby in light of the allegations against him. Others including Temple, Yale, Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon revoked honors afterward.

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday to consider following suit.


This story contains prior reporting from the Associated Press and CNN.