Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Latest University to Rescind Honorary Degree Given to Cosby Cmu Discusses Similar Move

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitt Latest University to Rescind Honorary Degree Given to Cosby Cmu Discusses Similar Move

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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unanimous recommendation from the University Committee for honorary degree recipients, the University of Pittsburgh has rescinded the honorary doctor of humane letters degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 2002 at the commencement ceremony on Pitt's Johnstown campus," the school said in a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. …

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