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06/18/2018 05:39 pm ET Updated Jun 19, 2018

Northwestern University Rescinds Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

This is the first time the school has taken away someone's honorary degree.
Bill Cosby walks out of court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on April 26 after being found guilty of sexual assault. 
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Bill Cosby walks out of court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on April 26 after being found guilty of sexual assault. 

Northwestern University’s board of trustees voted unanimously on Monday to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree after the comedian was found guilty of sexual assault in April. 

The decision marks the first time the Illinois university has rescinded an honorary degree since its founding in 1851. Cosby was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1997.

“Northwestern University is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of its community are safe, secure, and free from sexual misconduct,” Northwestern officials said in a statement provided to The Chicago Tribune. “The University prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating or domestic violence, and sexual harassment.”

A jury in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, found Cosby guilty in April on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault related to accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2004. 

Several organizations, including Brown University, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and Cosby’s alma mater Temple University, have revoked his honorary titles. More than 60 women have accused the veteran entertainer of sexual assault, with many saying he drugged and raped them. 

Cosby’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24. He faces up to 30 years in prison. 

This article has been updated to include Cosby’s sentencing date. 

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