The Oberlin Review

Cosby Cases Represent Problems With Justice System

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Allegations against Bill Cosby first emerged in 2005 after Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against him. Thirteen years later, on April 26, 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. The time gap between these events is simply unacceptable. Since the first report, there are now over 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, including accusations of drugging, raping, and offering to pay women for sex acts. This misconduct allegedly began in the 1960s and has continued into the present. Yesterday, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated, indecent assault against Andrea Constand that occured 14 years ago — one of the only c...

Board Declines Request to Revoke Cosby’s Degree

Board Declines Request to Revoke Cosby’s Degree

November 13, 2015

Since the controversy over Bill Cosby’s alleged rape of dozens of women began, nine schools have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees. Oberlin is not one of them. Instead, the College is one of many schools in the process of reviewing official policy on honorary degrees. Oberlin College gave Bill Cosby an honorary degree in 2010, one of the comedian’s nearly 60 such honors. In a recently-opened 2005 court deposition, Bill Cosby admitted to giving women Quaalude, a sedative drug, in orde...

Administration’s Silence on Cosby Suggests Apathy

Editorial Board

October 30, 2015

Bill Cosby still holds an honorary degree of humanities from Oberlin College, bestowed on him and his wife Camille at the grand opening of the Kohl Jazz Building in April 2010. Since 2000, Cosby has been accused of raping, assaulting or drugging a total of 57 women. In light of the allegations which surfaced this past year, some colleges — Fordham University and Brown University, to name a few — have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees. A recent Vulture article questioned why the remaining approximately 40 colleges — of which Oberlin is one — have not revoked his honorary degrees. An Oberlin spokesperson is quoted in the article as saying: “The matter is under consideration.” Revoking Cosby’s degree would seem...

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