RPI rescinds honorary doctorate awarded to Bill Cosby


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has rescinded an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby.

Cosby received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2001. The actor and comedian was recently convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

Several RPI students had signed a petition and the student government passed a resolution calling on the board of trustees to revoke Cosby’s degree.

The school released an “announcement” to the RPI community on Monday:

“On Friday, May 18, 2018 the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute voted to rescind the honorary degree awarded to William H. Cosby Jr. in 2001. The decision was based on Mr. Cosby’s April 26, 2018, criminal conviction of aggravated indecent assault. Mr. Cosby’s conduct, adjudicated by a jury, clearly demonstrates that Mr. Cosby has grossly failed to embody the ideals of personal integrity and good citizenship upon which the honorary degree was based.” 

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