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Brown University becomes latest to shun Bill Cosby

File photo shows Bill Cosby during November 2014 news conference

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University has rescinded the honorary degree it granted Bill Cosby, becoming the third university to take such action in less than a week.

Brown President Christina H. Paxson says the university's board Friday revoked the doctorate of humane letters it granted Cosby in 1985. Fordham and Marquette universities last week rescinded honorary degrees they'd awarded him.

Paxon says the comedian received the degree for integrating his personal character into his fictional one while embracing such values as "honesty, fair play, love of family, and respect for humanity." She says Cosby admitted in legal depositions that he'd engaged in conduct with women "contrary to the values of Brown."

He's admitted having extramarital relationships with several women, including some who now accuse him of sexual assault. He's never been charged with a crime.

In court depositions, Cosby had admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Also last week, word came that Cosby was seeking a defense attorney as prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint about him.