Lehigh University faculty vote to rescind Trump's honorary degree


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 Tuesday afternoon that faculty voted to rescind the degree bestowed on Trump in 1988.

Online voting on the issue ended Monday afternoon. There was a 76 percent response rate with 83 percent in favor of revoking the degree.

Some faculty members had been pushing the Board of Trustees to rescind Trump's degree. Two 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.

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."

Lehigh officials say the results learned Tuesday afternoon will be conveyed to the Board of Trustees.

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