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University of Cincinnati trustees vote to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree

Posted at 8:06 AM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 11:58:07-04

CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati is the latest institution to revoke an honorary degree from Bill Cosby amid sexual assault allegations against him. 

UC trustees voted to revoke Cosby's honorary degree in a special session Tuesday morning.  

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.

"We, the University of Cincinnati, stand firm in condemning sexual assault and gender-based violence,” UC President Neville Pinto said.  

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.

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.

This report contains prior reporting from The Associated Press and CNN.