Pitt latest university to rescind honorary degree given to Cosby
CMU discusses similar move
November 13, 2015 11:59 PM
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Comedian Bill Cosby performs at Madison Square Garden in November 2013.
By Bill Schackner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The University of Pittsburgh on Friday became the latest school to strip an honorary degree from actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who has been beset with accusations of sexual misconduct.
“Based on a unanimous recommendation from the University Committee for honorary degree recipients, the University of Pittsburgh has rescinded the honorary doctor of humane letters degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 2002 at the commencement ceremony on Pitt’s Johnstown campus,” the school said in a statement issued Friday.
The committee found that “certain actions on Mr. Cosby’s part — unknown to the public at the time and subsequently admitted by him — were in conflict with the stated basis for awarding the degree and inconsistent with the core values and principles of the University,” the statement continued.
Pitt confirmed earlier this fall that it was reviewing the degree amid continuing allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Cosby.
Mr. Cosby has not been charged with a crime.
The state-related university of nearly 35,000 students joins several other major colleges and universities to pull back degrees from Mr. Cosby.
Carnegie Mellon University also has awarded Mr. Cosby an honorary degree. He received an honorary doctorate humane letters in 2007, the same year he gave the school’s commencement address.
Up until this month, Carnegie Mellon said it had no plans to revisit the award. But a statement provided Friday by spokeswoman Abby Simmons said “the university is having internal discussions about Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. The university has not made a decision at this time.”