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Lehigh University faculty vote on motion to rescind Trump's honorary degree

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Faculty members at Lehigh University have weighed in on whether the university should rescind President Donald Trump's honorary degree.

University officials told 69 News that online voting on the issue ended Monday afternoon and the results should be released later Tuesday.

Some faculty members have been pushing the Board of Trustees to rescind Trump's degree. They say Trump's behavior goes against the character and standards of the Lehigh community.

Last October, the board decided to take no action after being presented with a petition signed by nearly 35,000 people.

The trustees said at the time, "Lehigh University encourages respectful dialogue, discussion, and learning about important societal issues. The board remains committed to the university's values and to its principles of equitable community, which recognizes each person's right to think and speak as dictated by personal belief and to respectfully disagree with another's point of view."

The faculty said it calls on the university's Board of Trustees to rescind the honorary degree, and if it fails to do so, provide the faculty with a satisfactory explanation as to why a list of 27 of Trump's allegedly racist, sexist, and disrespectful remarks would be considered acceptable and in line with university practices and values.

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