The Oberlin Review

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Since the controversy over Bill Cosby’s alleged rape of dozens of women began, nine schools have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees.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which surfaced this past year, some colleges — Fordham University and Brown University, to name a few — have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees.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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