*Add Boston University to the list of around a dozen universities that have rescinded its honorary degree given to Bill Cosby in the wake of his sexual assault allegations.
Dr. Cosby’s “treatment of women has brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself and is inconsistent with the University’s mission and values,” the Boston University Board of Trustees wrote in a community letter, announcing that the Board was revoking Cosby’s honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree that the school awarded in May 2014.
BU now joins Fordham University, Marquette University, Tufts University and several others who have rescinded honorary degrees given to the entertainer. But that’s just a small percentage of Cosby’s total: his spokesman once guessed he’d earned more than 100, although the real number seems closer to 60.
Cosby spoke at BU’s School of Education in May 2013, telling graduates “to find that next Bill Cosby,” referring to his own originally less-than-stellar school days.
Cosby has yet to be officially charged with rape or assault. On Monday, his legal team filed a countersuit against seven accusers, saying that their claims are false and amount to defamation and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”