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Entertainment Yale yanks Bill Cosby's honorary degree after sex-assault conviction

06:45  03 may  2018
06:45  03 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Bill Cosby on April 26, 2018, the day he was convicted of sex-assault charges at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. © Mark Makela/Getty Images Bill Cosby on April 26, 2018, the day he was convicted of sex-assault charges at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

In a first for Yale, the university rescinded the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby, as another wave of universities began yanking honors from the ex-TV icon-turned-convicted sex offender.

Yale announced Tuesday that the university's board of trustees had voted to rescind the honorary degree it awarded Cosby in 2003. 

The school's statement said it's committed to both "the elimination of sexual misconduct and the adherence to due process," and that the decision was based on "clear and convincing evidence" introduced at Cosby's retrial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. 

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  Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman Bill Cosby defense lawyers say that a verdict has been reached in his sexual assault retrial.Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.

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Cosby was found guilty last week on all three counts and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for each, stemming from an encounter with former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.  

"The decision is based on a court record providing clear and convincing evidence of conduct that violates fundamental standards of decency shared by all members of the Yale community, conduct that was unknown to the board at the time the degree was awarded," the school said in its statement.

Cosby was afforded "due process" during the two-week trial and 12 hours of jury deliberations, the statement said. 

"Yale is committed to both the elimination of sexual misconduct and the adherence to due process. We reaffirm that commitment with our action today."

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Trustees said Cosby ' s sexual assault conviction is "evidence of conduct that violates fundamental standards of decency." The decision marks the first time the Ivy League university has rescinded an honorary degree since its founding in 1701. The 19-member board voted on Tuesday to take back

Yale has rescinded Bill Cosby ' s honorary degree after his sexual assault conviction . Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault related to an encounter with a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, in his Cheltenham home in Pennsylvania.

Yale's decision was notable because this is the first time it has rescinded an honorary degree since it was founded in 1701 in New Haven, Conn. The Ivy League private school is the third oldest in the U.S.

But immediately after the verdict, other universities, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; Boston College in Boston, and Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., did the same. 

And on Friday, the day after the verdict, Cosby's alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia, also revoked the honorary degree it bestowed on him. Cosby, who earned a bachelor degree from Temple in 1971, was a member of its board of trustees for 32 years until he resigned under fire in December 2014

Even before the verdict, scores of colleges and universities around the country had revoked honorary degrees or scrubbed Cosby's name from buildings and scholarships, beginning in October 2014 when dozens of women began going public with allegations that Cosby drugged and/or raped them in episodes dating back to the mid-1960s.

Public face no more: Temple rescinds Cosby's honorary degree

  Public face no more: Temple rescinds Cosby's honorary degree Bill Cosby's alma mater says it has revoked an honorary degree given to the comedian more than two decades ago. Temple University in Philadelphia says the school's board of trustees accepted a recommendation Friday to rescind the honorary doctorate Cosby received in 1991. Cosby received a bachelor's degree from Temple and long served as a public face and fundraiser for the school.The Philadelphia university said its board of trustees accepted a recommendation Friday to rescind the degree, citing Thursday's jury verdict finding him guilty of drugging and molesting a woman who managed the school's women's basketball team in 2004.

Yale is rescinding the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby , joining numerous other universities in revoking honors following the comedian' s sexual assault conviction . Yale announced Tuesday that the university' s board of trustees had voted to rescind the honorary degree it awarded Cosby in 2003.

Bill Cosby ' s degree has been revoked. Yale University awarded Cosby with an honorary Doctor of After Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand following the After his conviction , Carnegie Mellon University, Notre Dame, and Temple University pulled their

All of these allegations were too old to prosecute; only Constand's allegations were pursued in criminal court thanks to Pennsylvania's unusually lengthy statute of limitations.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Cosby accuser makes first public statements since trial .
The woman whose claims that Bill Cosby drugging and molesting her led to the comedian's conviction on sexual assault charges is speaking out in public for the first time. NBC's "Today" show on Thursday aired a brief taped segment of an interview with Andrea Constand. Constand discussed how she says Cosby knocked her out in 2004 with three blue pills he called "your friends." The full interview is due to air Friday night on the network's "Dateline" show.PHILADELPHIA — The woman whose claims that Bill Cosby drugging and molesting her led to the comedian's conviction on sexual assault charges is speaking out in public for the first time.

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