Over the past three to four decades, Bill Cosby has received honorary degrees from the following 23 institutions that, to date, have not rescinded the degrees:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sisseton Wahpeton College
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Virginia Commonwealth University
West Chester University
William & Mary
As Asawin Suebsaeng reports in an article published on July 31 by the Daily Beast, some institutions have policies against rescinding honorary degrees or that make it very difficult to rescind those degrees; others have never previously confronted the issue and therefore have no clear policies defining how such an action might be taken.
Since honorary degrees are generally the equivalent of lifetime-achievement awards, it would seem relatively rare that a recipient, especially one in an arena other than politics, would suddenly be tainted by major scandal late in his or her life.
Putting aside the issue of whether honorary degrees ought to be rescinded under any circumstances—or whether there is any value in awarding them to begin with—several colleges and universities have severed other associations with Cosby.
Most notably, although Spelman College received a $20 million gift from Cosby and his wife in the 1980s, the College has removed his name from a chaired professorship. Berklee College of Music, High Point University, Temple University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, all of which have also received sizable gifts from the Cosbys, have similarly announced that they have terminated their associations with him.
Asawin Suebsaeng’s complete article is available at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/31/will-these-22-colleges-ever-punish-bill-cosby.html