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University of Pennsylvania Is Rescinding Honorary Degrees for Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby

University of Pennsylvania Is Rescinding Honorary Degrees for Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby
From TIME - February 1, 2018

The University of Pennsylvania is removing casino mogul Steve Wynns name from a commons and a scholarship and rescinding his honorary degree following allegations of sexual harassment.

The decision comes nearly a week after The Wall Street Journals report containing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the casino mogul. Among the claims is a $7.5 million payout he allegedly made to a manicurist who alleged he had sex with her despite her protests. Wynn has denied the allegations. He has since stepped down from his position as finance chairman at the Republican National Committee.

Late last week, multiple credible reports emerged in the national press detailing pervasive and decades-long acts of sexual harassment and intimidation by Steve Wynn, former Penn Trustee and College alumnus, David Cohen, chair of Penns Board of Trustees and Penn President Amy Gutmann said in an emailed statement, reprinted in full by The Daily Pennsylvanian. The nature, severity, and extent of these allegations, and the patterns of abusive behavior they describe, involve acts and conduct that are inimical to the core values of our University.

Wynns name will be removed from Wynn Commons, an outdoor plaza between several college halls and an auditorium. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, a metal rectangle has already been placed over his name on a seal outside of one of the halls. The scholarship created from Wynns donation will no longer bear his name, though it will still be awarded.

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