UMass Amherst Drops Cosby Over Sexual Assault Allegations
Comedian Bill Cosby has stepped down from a post at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, after facing renewed sexual assault claims.By Matt Picht | November 28, 2014
Bill Cosby has officially parted ways with his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, after the 77-year-old comedian was faced with renewed sexual assault allegations.
The 77-year-old comedian has stepped down from his honorary co-chairman post on a $300 million UMass fundraising campaign after pressure from university officials. Cosby received his master's and doctorate degree in education from the university, and has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the school together with his wife Camille.
The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley encouraged the university to drop Cosby, writing "At a time when the state is focused on prevention and response to sexual assaults on campus, allowing Mr. Cosby to continue to represent our state university sends the exact wrong message."