UB to revoke Harvey Weinstein’s honorary degree
The school awarded the recently disgraced Hollywood mogul an honorary doctorate in 2000
UB will revoke the honorary doctorate it awarded Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2000, after an investigation by The New York Times revealed Weinstein had settled multiple sexual harassment charges over the course of his career.
Female actresses, reporters and employees of Weinstein told the Times he had a practice of cornering women under the guise of “business meetings,” then making unwanted sexual advances.
“The university is well aware of the allegations involving Mr. Weinstein,” said spokesperson John Della Contrada in an official statement. “The university has initiated the process, pursuant to the SUNY Board of Trustees policy, for the revocation of a SUNY honorary degree.”
Weinstein attended UB in the 1970s before starting his career in Buffalo. The Weinstein Company board has since fired Weinstein, who maintained many of the claims are false.
UB said Weinstein never personally made a gift to the university.