William & Mary rescinds Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The William & Mary Board of Visitors on Friday voted to rescind the honorary Masters of Arts degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1993. 

The 81-year-old Cosby was convicted April 26 of aggravated indecent assault and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 24. He has denied any wrongdoing, and his representatives said he will appeal.

The actor and comedian was accused of drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

“Since that degree was bestowed, information came to light and was confirmed that Mr. Cosby engaged in abhorrent conduct antithetical to our university’s core values. Mr. Cosby was afforded due process and has now been criminally convicted in a court of law.

The Board of Visitors, in conjunction with the university administration, is committed to both the elimination of sexual violence and the adherence to due process. We affirm that commitment with our action today.” — William & Mary Board of Visitors

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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