Fordham rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree

Posted at 3:23 PM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 18:23:40-04

Fordham University on Thursday rescinded an honorary degree it presented to Bill Cosby, citing sexual assault allegations against him and the comedian's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he hoped to have sex.

The University Board of Trustees voted to take back the honorary doctor of fine arts degree given to him in 2001.

Cosby admitted having extramarital relationships with several women, including some who now accuse him of sexual assault. He has never been charged with a crime.

This is the first time Fordham has rescinded an honorary degree.

"As a Jesuit university, Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree it had bestowed upon Mr. Cosby, hence this unprecedented action," the university said.

Fordham is the latest school to distance itself from the comedian, joining Central State University, Temple University and Spelman College.