The Cosby Scandal and Higher Education

ACADEME BLOG

Over the past three to four decades, Bill Cosby has received honorary degrees from the following 23 institutions that, to date, have not rescinded the degrees:

Baylor University

Bennett College

Boston University

Carnegie Mellon

Colgate University

Drew University

Fordham University

Haverford College

Marquette University

Oberlin College

Paine College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Swarthmore College

University of Cincinnati

University of Connecticut

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wesleyan University

West Chester University

William & Mary

Yale University

As Asawin Suebsaeng reports in an article published on July 31 by the Daily Beast, some institutions have policies against rescinding honorary degrees or that make it very difficult to rescind those degrees; others have never previously confronted the issue and therefore have no clear policies defining how such an action might be taken.

Since honorary degrees are generally the equivalent of lifetime-achievement awards, it would seem…

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