The hits keep coming for embattled comedian Bill Cosby. It has been announced that two more major universities have rescinded honorary degrees given to Cosby. Tufts University in Massachusetts and Goucher College in Maryland announced on Thursday that Cosby’s honors are no longer appropriate.
Cosby received an honorary doctorate of arts in 2000 and a children’s media award in 2011 from Tufts University. Tufts President Anthony Monaco said in his decision that Cosby has “a lack of character and integrity.” This same sentiment was echoed by Goucher College, whose president Jose Antonio Bowen said the school’s trustees “unanimously decided that Cosby’s admitted actions are in direct violation of values Goucher holds dear, including our community principles of respect, communication, and responsibility.”
Cosby has received numerous honorary degrees from noted colleges and universities during his career. More than 50 women have claimed sexual assaults or rapes by Cosby, accusing him of drugging them during encounters. Although Cosby has never been convicted or formally charged, his legal depositions have been damning. Cosby has admitted to consensual sexual encounters with numerous women while married. He further admitted to giving the drug Quaalude to some women.