Member-supported news for Southern California
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Support for KPCC comes from:

Bill Cosby's honorary doctorate from CSU revoked

In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby salutes the crowd as he begins a performance at the Buell Theater in Denver. Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn't have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed. Lawyers for the women intend to file a motion to obtain documents from a 2005 lawsuit against Cosby arising from a sexual assault allegation because they believe the documents "will contradict assertions in defendant Cosby's motion to dismiss."
Brennan Linsley/AP
In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, Bill Cosby salutes the crowd as he begins a performance at the Buell Theater in Denver.

The California State University Board of Trustees announced Friday that they've voted to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary doctorate they gave him in 1992.

"Cosby’s conduct is contrary to the values of the CSU and inconsistent with the criteria and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify," the school said in a statement.

This is the first time CSU has revoked an honorary doctorate, according to the statement. They've been giving out honorary doctorates since 1963.

The school said in the statement that honorary doctorates are meant to recognize inspirational people who serve as role models and have made outstanding contributions.

"The Board took action to revoke the previously awarded honorary degree in order to maintain the prestige, reputation and credibility of the CSU, Cal Poly Pomona and other honorary doctorate degree recipients," the school said in the statement.