Amherst College Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

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Amherst College has rescinded the honorary doctorate it awarded to Bill Cosby in 1999, Pete Mackey, chief communications officer for the school, confirmed to Vulture Monday afternoon. The motion was resolved and passed by Amherst's Board of Trustees on Saturday, October 17. In a statement, the university announced, "The Board of Trustees of Amherst College hereby rescinds the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1999. The Board believes the violation of the values for which it was awarded is clear and exceptional." This is the first time in Amherst's history that it has rescinded an honorary degree. Amherst's disavowal follows recent news that Tufts University, Goucher College, and Lehigh University also rescinded Cosby's honorary degrees. In late September, Marquette University, Fordham University, and Brown University did the same.