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President Trump to keep Lehigh University honorary degree

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lehigh University Board of Trustees has decided to take no action regarding a petition concerning the honorary degree given to President Trump in 1988.

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

It was started following the controversy over President Trump's comments after the Charlottesville protests that resulted in a woman's death.

In a statement on the university’s website the Board of Trustees say they remain “committed to the university’s values and to its “Principles of Our Equitable Community,” which recognize each person’s right to think and speak as dictated by personal belief and to respectfully disagree with or counter another’s point of view.”

They added that, “In considering a petition regarding the honorary degree given 29 years ago to President Donald Trump, the Board of Trustees engaged in lengthy, full, and robust discussions.

The Board has concluded that no action will be taken.”

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