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Yale draws honorary certificate from Bill Cosby, the first time in the history of the school: The Two-Way: NPR



Bill Cosby, center, leaves the Montgomery County court in Pennsylvania after being convicted on April 26, 2018 for drug abuse and sexual harassment.

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Bill Cosby, center, leaves the Montgomery County courthouse in Pennsylvania after being sentenced on April 26, 2018, for drug abuse and sexual harassment.

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Yale University announced Wednesday that its board of trustees voted to revoke honorary doctor Comeback Bill Cosby in 2003.

Already in 2014, a group of students had asked the Ivy League school to recapture Cosby's graduation, after allegations that he had drugged and sexually molested numerous women, he became public. The move through the university marks the first time in its 300-year history that a diploma of honor has ever been lifted, according to The Atlantic.

Cosby was convicted last week of a Pennsylvania jury of drug abuse and sexual assault by a Temple University employee. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. A conviction has not yet been scheduled. The 80-year-old comedian is currently bail-free.

A statement posted on the Yale website stated:

"The ruling is based on a court document that provides clear and compelling evidence of behavior that violates basic standards of decency. It was used by all members of Yale Shared a behavior that was unknown to the Board at the time the award was granted, and the Board made that decision following the conviction of Mr. Cosby after he was given due process

"Yale has committed both the elimination from sexual misconduct as well as adhering to the due process. We reaffirm this commitment with today's action.

More than 20 other American colleges and universities had already deprived Cosby of honorary titles prior to their conviction, according to The Associated Press.

And like Yale, Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, Carnegie Mellon University, Notre Dame University and Johns Hopkins University have canceled their honors after being convicted.


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