He played Dr. Cliff Huxtable on television’s top-rated show for years, but now embattled actor Bill Cosby is losing degrees.
Cosby’s honorary doctorate was revoked earlier this month by Oberlin College trustees.
Conferred in April 2010, the humanities degree was given as part of a celebration surrounding the opening of the college’s Kohl Building.
Cosby and musician Stevie Wonder both performed that weekend at the first music performance building in the world to attain a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating, the News-Tribune reported.
The comedian and his wife, Camille, received honorary doctorates from OC president Marvin Krislov on Tappan Square.
Krislov released a statement last Wednesday explaining why the honor has been rescinded.
“Mr. Cosby’s admitted actions are not congruent with Oberlin College’s commitment to supporting survivors of sexualized violence, as reflected in its sexual misconduct policy, and do not epitomize the high standards Oberlin considers in awarding honorary degrees,” he said.
Cosby is accused by more than 50 women of sexual misconduct and assault dating back to the 1960s, though he has not been charged with a crime related to the allegations.
The college’s decision comes after the release of a formerly sealed document from 2005, which stated Cosby admitted to giving drugs to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Oberlin College now joins a long list of respected institutions that have withdrawn Cosby’s honorary degrees, including Brown University, Fordham University, Marquette University, California State University, and Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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Bill Cosby is show here in 2010 at Oberlin College, when the News-Tribune covered his visit and honors.