University of Missouri Revokes Cosby's Honorary Degree

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby looks on as his publicist Andrew Wyatt addresses the media outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has voted unanimously to revoke an honorary degree it granted to Bill Cosby.

University system President Mun Choi recommended that the board strip the comedian of a doctorate in humane letters he received in 1999. Choi cited allegations from several women that Cosby sexually assaulted them. Choi says Cosby's actions do not reflect the university's values.

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(Published Sunday, June 18, 2017)

The university said at least 25 other colleges and universities across the country have withdrawn honorary degrees and honors from Cosby since the sexual assault accusations became public.

The Missouri Faculty Council recommended in November 2015 that curators revoke Cosby's degree.

It was the first time the university has ever revoked an honorary degree.