The TV academy is reviewing Bill Cosby's four Emmy Awards and inclusion in the academy's Hall of Fame following his sexual assault conviction.
With no plans to rescind Cosby's honorary degree, which the historically black college awarded him in 1999, the Orangeburg school is breaking ranks with dozens of other universities that have revoked the disgraced former comedian's honorary degrees. "While rescinding this honorary degree is an important statement about Colby's values, the College is committed to strengthening its systems, policies, programs, and culture toward the goal of eliminating sexual violence in its community".
The board said it made the decision following a trial and criminal conviction in which Cosby was afforded "due process". His sentencing will be determined on July 11th. "We reaffirm that commitment with our action today", the statement added.
Yale was founded in 1701 and this is the first time the school has taken such an action.
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Juror number one, 22 year old, Harrison Snyder appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about his experience as a juror on the Cosby trial. Others including Temple, Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University revoked honors afterward. The Chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Carol Folt, endorsed that the Board of Trustees should begin the process to withdraw the honorary degree.
The jury issued a statement as a group on Monday, saying it had "absolutely no reservations" about convicting Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Over the course of his career, Cosby was awarded a total of 57 honorary degrees.
The judge weighing whether to publicly identify members of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault tore into the news media at a hearing on Tuesday, accusing reporters of stalking jurors at their homes and bombarding them with phone calls since last week's verdict.