POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – New York’s Marist College has revoked an honorary degree it awarded to former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in 2001.
Marist’s trustees cited accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in a statement about O’Reilly posted Sunday on the college website.
O’Reilly was fired from Fox in April. The New York Times reported in October that he had reached a $32 million settlement with a former Fox analyst over sexual harassment allegations.
O’Reilly has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct. But the Marist board of trustees said O’Reilly’s firing by Fox News and the reported multimillion-dollar payout “lend credibility to the allegations against him.”
Marist is a private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP’-see).