Tufts University rescinds Lance Armstrong’s honorary degree

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Lance Armstrong, renowned cyclist and cancer survivor, has been stripped of an honorary degree bestowed upon him by Tufts University back in 2006. According to a report from the Associated Press, a Tufts University spokeswoman indicated school trustees unanimously agreed to rescind Armstrong’s doctor of humane letters.

The reason for the action, stated the spokeswoman, was Armstrong’s behavior as an athlete was “inconsistent with the values of the university.”

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Lance Armstrong (Carl Southerland / Shutterstock)

Earlier this year, the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) determined there was a significant amount of evidence indicating Armstrong was doping to gain a competitive edge.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling; he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” Pat McQuaid, the president of the cycling union, known as U.C.I., said in a news conference in Switzerland, reported  the New York Times. “Something like this must never happen again.”

Tufts’ recent removal of Lance Armstrong’s honorary degree is the latest in repercussions from the WADA ruling; in addition to being stripped of his cycling titles, the professional athlete has lost numerous advertisement endorsements, including those from Nike and Anheuser-Busch. Armstrong has also stepped down as chairman of his charity foundation, Livestrong, because of the negative impact his image might have on the organization’s humanitarian efforts.

“My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change,” Armstrong said, reported CNN. “We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer.”

Despite the impact from the WADA’s ruling, Livestrong continues to be an important component in offering support to cancer survivors around the world. During 2011, the organization helped more than 400,000 people, and its social media efforts reached approximately 3 million people. Dr. Larry Shulman, chief medical officer at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston stated Livestrong was more influential in the world of cancer therapy than even the American Cancer Society.

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