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Boston University Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Fla. in November. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, in Melbourne, Fla. in November. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
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Boston University has revoked an honorary doctorate it gave to Bill Cosby in 2014.

In a statement distributed Monday by BU President Robert Brown, the school's Board of Trustees said its "decision was based on a determination, supported by Mr. Cosby’s sworn deposition testimony, that his treatment of women has brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself and is inconsistent with the University’s mission and values."

The trustees added that the comedian's "character fails to reflect the integrity and virtues that the University values."

The school awarded Cosby a Doctor of Humane Letters in May 2014.

BU now joins several other schools around the country that've rescinded honorary degrees awarded to Cosby or are considering doing so.

Dozens of women have publicly accused him of sexually assaulting them.

Cosby has acknowledged using drugs, specifically Quaaludes, during sexual encounters, but has not been charged, and denies the allegations.

With additional reporting by The Associated Press

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the university's statement to President Brown. The statement was from the Board of Trustees. We regret the error. 

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