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SUNY strips Harvey Weinstein of honorary doctorate degree

ALBANY — Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuse of women has cost him an honorary degree he received from his old school.

The State University of New York on Wednesday formally revoked the honorary doctorate Weinstein received from the University at Buffalo, a SUNY school, in 2000.

“Mr. Weinstein has been accused of many deplorable actions that conflict with the core values of our university system and undermine the accomplishments that were cited as the basis for his honorary degree,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said in a statement.

“Today the SUNY Board of Trustees revoked Mr. Weinstein’s honorary degree from the University at Buffalo to make it clear that harassment or sexual misconduct, in any form, will not be tolerated by The State University of New York.”

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The University at Buffalo asked the SUNY Board to revoke the degree in October.

(David Duprey/AP)

Weinstein attended the University at Buffalo from 1969 through 1973 and was awarded an honorary SUNY Doctorate of Humane Letters from UB in September of 2000.

At the time, UB President William Greiner hailed Weinstein’s “extraordinary boldness, drive and instinctive eye for cutting-edge creative excellence.”

The school asked the SUNY Board to revoke the degree in October after the New York Times and The New Yorker published stories detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse over three decades.

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In a statement Wednesday, UB applauded the SUNY Board’s decision, saying “Weinstein’s alleged and admitted conduct is inconsistent with the values and policies of the University at Buffalo and the State University of New York, contradicts the spirit of the honorary degree, which recognizes persons of the highest character, and undermines the accomplishments that were cited as the basis for awarding the honorary degree.”

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The school added that “in seeking this revocation of the SUNY honorary degree, the University at Buffalo is also clearly stating that sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will not be tolerated.”

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