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Spelman College Suspends Bill Cosby-Funded Program

Spelman College has suspended its prestigious professorship funded by Bill Cosby's $20 million endowment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," a school spokeswoman told the paper. "The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met."

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Spelman College has suspended its prestigious professorship funded by Bill Cosby's $20 million endowment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," a school spokeswoman told the paper. "The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met."

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The original donation was given to the all-women college, which Cosby's daughters attended, in 1987. At the time it was the single largest donation awarded to a historically black college.

The program suspension is the latest in the aftermath of women accusing Cosby of sexual assault. Over the weekend, Cosby didn't explicitly address the numerous allegations, but did have a message for the members of the media who are covering the story saying, "I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.