SUNY Oswego moving forward with revoking honorary degree given to Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

SUNY Oswego is moving forward with the process to revoke the honorary degree it awarded former CBS anchor Charlie Rose in 2014 in the wake of his firing from the network due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Wayne Westervelt, chief communication officer at the college, confirmed Monday that the college has to go through the State University of New York to formally revoke the honor, but that the process has begun. The Oswegonian, the student-run newspaper, first reported the development.

Rose received the degree in October 2014 when he visited the college as a panelist at the Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit.

CBS News announced on Nov. 21 that it had fired Rose over the allegations. Rose was one of three hosts of the network's morning news program "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and was also a contributor to "60 Minutes." At the time, SUNY Oswego announced that it was reconsidering the honorary degree given to Rose.

SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley said in a statement the day Rose was fired that the alleged actions by Rose "completely conflict with the core values" of the college and that the school would "correspond with the Trustees of the State University of New York to discuss a path forward in regard to the status of Mr. Rose’s honorary degree."

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