Sewanee revokes Charlie Rose’s honorary degree


Sewanee: The University of the South announced in a letter today that the university will be revoking an honorary degree awarded to former CBS and PBS journalist Charlie Rose, since accused of sexual harassment and subsequently dismissed, in 2016:

March 21, 2018

Dear Members of the University Community,

At a special meeting on Tuesday, March 20, the Board of Regents voted to revoke the honorary degree awarded to Charlie Rose in May 2016.

This vote completed a process of discernment, developed and pursued expeditiously by the Board in response to concerns over the Rose degree, and involving the University Senate, the Joint Regent-Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees, and the Board of Regents. Each body required a two-thirds vote of its membership for the motion to revoke to pass.

John McCardell


Previous Cafe coverage:

Sewanee refuses to rescind Charlie Rose’s honorary degree (February 19, 2018)

Sewanee School of Theology Faculty Respond (February 19, 2018)

Sewanee students object to Regents’ refusal to rescind Charlie Rose honorary degree (February 20, 2018)

Bishop Trustees of Sewanee weigh in on Charlie Rose’s honorary degree (March 13, 2018)

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