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Statement on Honorary Degree Awarded to Bill Cosby

April 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea
Office: 443-997-9912 / Cell: 410-499-7460
dro@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

The Johns Hopkins University today released the following statement:

In light of Bill Cosby’s conviction on charges of felony aggravated indecent assault, the Johns Hopkins University’s Board of Trustees today revoked his 2004 honorary degree, thus terminating any association between the university and Mr. Cosby.

The university conferred the honorary degree on the comedian and actor in 2004 based on his professional accomplishments to that date. At the time the honorary degree was conferred, the university was unaware of the allegations that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted dozens of women over decades.

Johns Hopkins honors the principle of due process. The jury’s decision today is the result of a fair and independent process. Accordingly, the Board of Trustees has decided to revoke Mr. Cosby’s degree.

As a university, we stand in firm opposition to sexual assault, whether on our campuses or elsewhere. This decision underscores that opposition.

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