A large majority of faculty members at Lehigh University, located in Pennsylvania, turned out to vote in favor of revoking President Donald Trump's honorary degree, which the university awarded him in 1988.
The motion put forward for voting stated in part:
...statements made by President Trump do not meet Lehigh’s standards for respectful discourse where differences of opinion exist.
If a member of Lehigh’s on-campus community made one of these statements, he/she would be subject to disciplinary action; taken in their entirety, he/she would be at risk of dismissal.
By staying silent we are bystanders; we normalize hate speech, condone discrimination and bullying; we enable people in positions of power to corrode the foundations of civil society; and we abdicate our commitment and responsibility to uphold and sustain our core values.
Lehigh University is not the first university to revoke one of the president's honorary degrees. In 2015, Robert Gordon University, in Scotland, stripped Trump of the the honorary doctorate of business administration for his anti-Muslim comments.
At the time the University sent out the following tweet.
Now Lehigh University is following suit with a tweet of its own.
With a followup tweet clarifying the voting numbers.
Clarification: 83 percent of *voting* faculty supported the motion. 75.6 percent of total faculty participated in the vote.— The Brown and White (@LUBrownWhite) February 27, 2018
The student government was on board with the decision.
Twitter weighed in agreeing with the University's decision.
And Lehigh Alumni everywhere just went "whew"...............is there a possibility someone will take away his honorary high school diploma too?— George G. Connors Jr (@gconnorsrecruit) February 28, 2018
Wow. When will he go on Twitter and diss this. Or will he be to embarrassed— Mary Ellen thibodeau (@bbyuxt1_mary) February 28, 2018
Wow the truth about trump is finally coming out on his persona way of conducting his person &business when honors are taken away how will he respond?— ella mcgow (@ellamcgow1) February 28, 2018
Thank You so much Lehigh University for upholding your standards for this honor!— tyrone0318 (@Tyroneo0318) February 28, 2018
This user believed it was time to stop giving out honorary degrees.
A few suggested giving the president the kind of degree he deserves.
Trump should get third degree from Mueller and women that he abused.— Ted j lizon (@TedLizon) February 28, 2018
We will wait to see what degrees are given and what are taken away.
H/T: Huffington Post