WASHINGTON – George Washington University will rescind an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1997, citing concern about survivors of sexual assault.
Monday's announcement marks a reversal for GW. Last fall, the university said that honorary degrees were conferred at a moment in time and that it never took them back based on information that came to light later.
But on Monday, GW president Steven Knapp said in a statement that the controversy over the degree "has become a cause of renewed distress for our students and alumni who are survivors of sexual assault."
Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Dozens of other women have accused the comedian of sexual assault or attempted molestation, and he faces several lawsuits.