University of Missouri rescinds Bill Cosby’s honorary degree | Education

COLUMBIA, Mo. • The University of Missouri-Columbia has joined more than 20 other colleges around the country in rescinding Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

The University of Missouri system Board of Curators unanimously agreed Friday to revoke his honorary degree from the flagship campus, Mizzou.

Cosby received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree in December 1999. This is the first time Mizzou has rescinded an honorary degree.

System President Mun Choi said Cosby’s actions are “incompatible” with the university’s values.

The decision, similar to those at other schools, stems from the ongoing allegations and legal battles surrounding Cosby after more than 50 women came forward and alleged the comedian and actor had sexually assaulted them.

A criminal trial concluded in one of the cases last week after a jury deadlocked. Multiple civil lawsuits are pending.

In his recommendation, Choi pointed to Cosby’s 2005 deposition in which he admitted to using over-the-counter allergy medication to “relax” a woman who says Cosby sexually assaulted her.