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Lehigh faculty makes motion to rescind Trump's honorary degree

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Faculty from Lehigh University's College of Arts and Sciences are making their voices heard. 

They're calling to rescind President Trump's honorary degree, despite the university's Board of Trustees deciding to previously take no action regarding a petition concerning the honorary degree given to President Trump in 1988.

30,865 people signed that petition started by Lehigh University graduate Kelly McCoy calling for the university to rescind the honor.

But the university said it "encourages respectful dialogue, discussion and learning about important societal issues."

However, faculty are now making a motion to the Lehigh Board of Trustees to rescind President Trump's honorary degree based on his history of documented statements that are "antithetical to our core values and beneath the standards for Lehigh's honorary degree holders."

The faculty says this motion sends a message to staff and students, and to the world, that they do not accept demeaning speech that marginalizes people and says the university is expected to lead and uphold the values on which it was founded. 


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