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Bill Cosby stops and talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection in Pittsburgh for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The case is set for trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The University of Missouri is the latest institution to rescind Cosby's honorary degree


The University of Missouri has rescinded an honorary degree for the first time in its history.

The university said in a statement that it had revoked an honorary degree granted in 1999 to Bill Cosby, who is facing numerous allegations of sexual assault.

Mizzou released the following statement Friday: "The University of Missouri-Columbia, with full support of the Board of Curators and at the urging of administrative and faculty leaders, has revoked Bill Cosby’s honorary degree.

"Honorary degrees throughout the University of Missouri System are reserved for those who have ascended to the pinnacle of their fields while conducting themselves consistent with the university’s core values. The evidence presented during the recent criminal trial indicated that he engaged in behavior that is in direct conflict with the core values of the University of Missouri. "We join 20 to 25 other universities in rescinding his honorary degree."

People have mixed feelings about Mizzou's decision to rescind the degree.

Fordham University in New York, Marquette University in Wisconsin and Brown University in Rhode Island are among the growing list of schools to pull the degrees given to the comedian to honor him.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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