Fordham University's board of trustees has voted to rescind the honorary doctorate awarded to Charlie Rose in 2008 in light of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.
"Though Mr. Rose is among the premier broadcast journalists in the United States," the school, located in the Brox borough of New York, said in a Twitter statement, "the revelation in November that eight women have credibly accused him of unwanted sexual advances and harassment from the 1990s to 2011 render him an inappropriate recipient of Fordham honors."
Rose lost his job hosting CBS This Morning and his eponymous PBS interview show on Nov. 21, one day after a Washington Post story featuring the accounts of eight women who worked for him or aspired to. They said the veteran journalist made lewd phone calls, walked around naked in their presence, or groped their breasts, buttocks or genital areas. Later that week, CBS News revealed it had turned up three cases of its own, meaning the timeline of abuse extended beyond 2011.
"As a university — especially a Jesuit university — Fordham could no longer stand behind the degree and award it had bestowed upon Mr. Rose," the statement read.
The statement also noted that Fordham's public radio station WFUV has also rescinded Rose's Charles Osgood Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
Fordham is not the only academic institution to revoke an honor bestowed upon Rose. Last month, Arizona State University took back Rose's 2015 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Both awards were named for iconic CBS journalists.
After the scandal broke, Rose acknowledged his misdeeds and apologized in a statement to the Post, saying, “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."
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