Brown University Rescinds Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

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The school's board has revoked the doctorate of humane letters it gave Cosby in 1985, joining Fordham and Marquette in taking such action.

Brown University has rescinded the honorary degree it granted Bill Cosby, becoming the third university to take such action in less than a week.

Brown president Christina H. Paxson said the university's board Friday revoked the doctorate of humane letters it granted Cosby in 1985. Fordham and Marquette universities Thursday also rescinded their honorary degrees.

Paxon said the comedian received the degree for integrating his personal character into his fictional one while embracing such values as "honesty, fair play, love of family, and respect for humanity." She said Cosby admitted in legal depositions that he'd engaged in conduct with women "contrary to the values of Brown."

He's admitted having extramarital relationships with several women, including some who now accuse him of sexual assault. He has never been charged with a crime.

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