Board votes to rescind Cosby’s degrees
The convicted sex offender will no longer hold honorary degrees from prominent Maryland institutions following several requests and a vote to rescind the honors.
The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents voted Friday morning to rescind three honorary degrees previously awarded to entertainer Bill Cosby, who was convicted on April 26 on three counts of sexual assault.
Since Cosby's conviction, the board had received requests to rescind degrees from the three awarding institutions: University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, College Park; and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The board says this reaffirms their and the school's commitment to preventing, reporting and responding to incidents of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct.
"As Maryland's public university system, we are collectively and individually committed to reducing the incidence of sexual misconduct and to responding when it occurs," said USM Chancellor Robert Caret. "The universities' requests, and the board's decision, to rescind honorary degrees awarded to an individual later convicted of sexual assault reaffirms our values and sends a signal to all students, faculty, and staff across our institutions and to the people of Maryland. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated, much less honored."