The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has revoked an honorary degree awarded two decades ago to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
The trustees unanimously voted to pull the degree Thursday.
But university president Jack Wilson says Mugabe’s human rights violations have proven him the opposite. In recent years, he has been accused of holding onto power through elections marred by fraud, intimidation and rigging, and of overseeing his country’s economic collapse.
The university has never before rescinded an honorary degree.
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