Yale University has canceled the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby more than a decade ago, thereby joining other educational institutions that formerly revered the comedian known as “America’s chief pope.”
According to a statement published on Tuesday, Yale was informed that its board of trustees voted to abolish the honorary diploma of Cosby after the disgraced star had a conviction on April 26.
“The decision is based on a court record that provides clear and convincing evidence of behavior that violates the fundamental standards of decency shared by all members of the Yale community – behavior that was unknown to the council at the time the degree was awarded,” the statement said. “The Council took this decision after the indictment of Mr. Cosby after the due process.”
Cosby was convicted on three counts of a serious crime with aggravating obscene circumstances last Thursday after he stated that in 2004, in his home in Philadelphia, he intoxicated and sexually molested the employee at Temple University.
The conviction came about after 11 months, as in the first trial of Cosby it was announced that the jury could not come to a single verdict.