The Cosby Show star was stripped of five academic accolades earlier this month (Oct15), and now officials at Amherst College in Massachusetts have rescinded an award the actor received in 1999. According to, Cosby's case marks the first time school officials have taken such a step.

"The Board of Trustees of Amherst College hereby rescinds the honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby in 1999," a statement from a university spokesperson reads. "The Board believes the violation of the values for which it was awarded is clear and exceptional."

The news follows reports that Tufts University in Massachusetts, Goucher College in Maryland, and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have also rescinded Cosby's honorary doctorates.

The latest snub comes as the 78 year old fights decades-old accusations from more than 50 women, who have come forward with claims of inappropriate behaviour, drugging and rape against the actor in the past year.

Cosby's lawyers have denied the allegations and accusations and the comic has never been charged with any crime relating to them. He settled one civil suit regarding a similar matter with Andrea Constand in 2006, and in his deposition, which was made public in July (15), the 78 year old confessed to obtaining sedatives called Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.