Bill Cosby walks after it was announced a verdict is in at the Montgomery County Courthouse for day fourteen of his sexual assault retrial on April 26, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- After initially saying it went against their policy to do so, Boston College is rescinding the honorary degree they awarded Bill Cosby in 1996.
Cosby was convicted Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He now faces up to 30 years in prison.
On the day of Cosby's conviction, Dunn told The Boston Globe the college did not rescind honorary degrees "as a matter of policy," with The Globe reporting the college would not be rescinding the degree.
But Dunn told WBZ the college never said they weren't going to rescind it--just that it was something they had never done before.
"The issue was never about Cosby--Cosby has done his own damage," he said. "The issue was upholding a policy that had been in place some 70 years and that most colleges and universities have had as a policy."
Dunn offered Yale University as an example, saying the institution has a similar policy and is grappling with their own decision over a Cosby degree.
"In light of the conviction, and in light of the egregious conduct of Bill Cosby, we made a decision today to rescind his degree," Dunn said. "We made the decision today that was appropriate for Boston College."
Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, also rescinded his honorary degree Friday.
The Boston Globe reported that Berklee College of Music awarded Cosby an honorary degree, but has not yet commented on whether or not it will rescind that degree.