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Lehigh reaffirms previous decision on Trump's honorary degree

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Although many Lehigh University faculty members requested its Board of Trustees to revoke Trumps honorary degree, the board stuck with its previous decision. 

The honorary degree awarded to President Donald Trump in 1988 will remain. 

The Board of Trustees issued a statement, saying they're "committed to doing what is in the best interests of the university as a whole, including...demonstrating openness to and respect for the broad views and perspectives of many university constituencies."

Faculty members had been pushing the Board of Trustees to rescind Trump's degree for some time. Weeks ago, nearly 50 of Lehigh's 471 faculty members approved a motion to hold an electronic vote for the entire teaching body to vote on whether to rescind the degree. They said Trump's behavior goes against the character and standards of the Lehigh community.

When online voting ended, there was a 76 percent response rate with 83 percent in favor of revoking the degree.

Although that was the case, the Board of Trustees has held its position it previously gave in October 2017 by saying no action will be taken to revoke the honorary degree. 

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