The school board of trustees voted to withdraw the degree that Cosby had awarded in 2003.
"The ruling is based on a court ruling that provides clear and compelling evidence of behavior, the fundamental standards of decency of all members of the Yale community, behavior that was unknown to the board at the time the award was awarded," it states in a statement from the school.
"The Board made this decision following the conviction of Mr. Cosby, after he had been granted due process, and Yale is committed to both eradicating sexual misconduct and adhering to due process." We reaffirm our commitment to ours today's action. " 19659002] Yale was founded in 1
"We have not previously lifted a honorary degree," said spokesman Thomas Conroy told CNN.
The 80-year-old comedian joins in every count face up to 10 years in prison, but Cosby will probably serve them at the same time. A trial with Judge Steven O & Neill is not yet scheduled and Cosby remains on bail.
The List Grows
Before His Fall Cosby was a sought-after impulse speaker and received honorary doctorates from dozens of colleges and universities. But the list of schools receiving this award is growing.
A few hours after his conviction, Carnegie Mellon University and Notre Dame canceled their honorary doctorates in 2007 and 1990.
Years earlier – as the number of allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby increased – Fordham, Marquette, Brown, the University of Pennsylvania and others also retracted their honorary degrees.
The most significant act came from the temple. The Board of Trustees of Temple University decided Friday to lift the honorary doctorate from Cosby, one of his most famous alums and former trustees.
In a tripartite statement, the university said the decision was due to his conviction.
"In 1991, based on his professional achievements, Temple bestowed upon William Cosby an honorary title," the statement said. "Yesterday, Dr. Cosby was found guilty by a jury of serious sexual abuse, and today Temple University Board of Trustees has accepted the university's recommendation to abolish the honorary doctorate."
Cosby graduated from Temple and had served on the Board of Trustees for 32 years until he resigned in 2014 on charges of sexually abusing dozens of women for decades.