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Brown University has rescinded Bill Cosby’s honorary degree awarded in 1985, the Brown Daily Heraldreported.Brown has never before revoked an honorary degree.

Alumnus David Ray circulated a petition online pushing to revoke the degree due tosexual assault allegations put forth against Cosby by 35 women. Ray claimed that the goal of the Sept. 20 petition was to send a clear message that Brown will not tolerate sexual assault by anyone in the community.

The Board of Fellows, the body who decided to revoke Cosby’s degree, meets three times a semester, and this decision took place after their first meeting this year.

Brown Vice President for Communications Cass Cliatt stated that the petition was not a factor in the Board’s choice, and in fact the Board was not aware of its existence.

Fordham University and Marquette University have also rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees.

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