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UConn revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree

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UConn's Board of Trustees voted to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree on Wednesday. (WFSB photo) UConn's Board of Trustees voted to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree on Wednesday. (WFSB photo)
UCONN to vote on whether to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree (CBS) UCONN to vote on whether to revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degree (CBS)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut revoked Bill Cosby's honorary degree on Wednesday.

The UConn Board of Trustees met Wednesday morning to make the decision.

It marked the first time the school rescinded an honorary degree. It was first awarded to Cosby in 1996.

The board said the degree is meant to be given to those of the "highest intellectual and moral values."

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than three dozen women.

Unsealed court documents showed Cosby admitting to extramarital affairs with several women. Some of them accused him of sexual assault though he has never been charged with a crime.

There are also accusations that some alleged victims were drugged.

Numerous schools like Tufts and Brown Universities had given Cosby honorary degrees and rescinded them in recent years.

Two colleges he attended, Temple and UMass Amherst, have also cut ties with the comedian.

A federal judge allowed one of the lawsuits against Cosby to go to trial, but it was withdrawn.

Cosby maintains his innocence.

The board of trustees met at 9:45 a.m.

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