Bill Cosby has lost an accolade because of his recent rape scandals.
It has been reported that the University of Masschusetts-Amherst has severed ties with the comedian over the slew of sexual assault allegations brought against him.
Cobsy was asked to step down as a honorary co-chairman of the school’s $300 million fundraising campaign and agreed.
“Bill Cosby has agreed to resign as an honorary co-chair of UMass Amherst’s capital campaign,” said Ed Blaguszewski, a spokesman for the school. “He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university.”
Cosby earned his master’s and doctorate degree from the college during the 70s.
Though the 77-year-old has never been formally charged and prosecuted for these allegations, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says that those accusations contradict the university’s efforts to prevent campus sexual assault. Coakley is the one who sent a letter to UMass requesting that they remove Cosby from their committee.
Seventeen women have accused Cosby of rape and sexual assault. A former NBC employee has also come forward saying that he delivered money to the women for Cosby to keep them quiet.