Syracuse University is preparing to rescind Rudy Giuliani’s honorary law degree, tied to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his ties to former President Donald Trump.
The university, which awarded Mr. Giuliani an honorary law degree in 1989, began a process to revoke the honorary degrees this year, which follows a resolution passed by the University Senate calling on the Board of administration to revoke Mr. Giuliani’s diploma.
The vote came after feedback was collected from students, the University Senate and the Graduate Student Organization Senate on whether to begin the process of revoking honorary degrees.
The final vote in favor of revoking Mr Giuliani’s honorary degree was 76% for, 11% against and 13% abstention, according to the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Orange.
“Comments have been collected and submitted for consideration for a final decision by the Board of Directors. However, [revoking] Giuliani’s graduation may still take until the spring,” David Bruen, president of the Syracuse University student union, told Insider.
At least three other universities have rescinded honorary degrees awarded to Mr. Giuliani, including Middlebury College in Vermont, Drexel University in Pennsylvania and the University of Rhode Island.
Mr Giuliani has become the center of controversy over his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results and is the target of a criminal investigation in Fulton County, Georgia.