Actor, comedian and author Bill Cosby is at the centre of sexual abuse allegations
Actor, comedian and author Bill Cosby is at the centre of sexual abuse allegations Reuters

After 10 women came forward this week accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, NBC and Netflix announced they were cancelling the 77-year-old's projects.

But Spelman College, the renown black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, Georgia, has vowed to stand by the legendary comic despite the scandalous claims.

An official from the women's college, which received a $20m gift from Cosby and his wife Camille in 1988, told TMZ that the college hasn't had a single conversation to change anything regarding Cosby's relationship with it in the wake of the sexual assault allegations.

The elite school dedicated a 69,000 sq ft facility to the Cosbys -- the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, EdD Academic Center.

The school, which also established the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professorship Program, noted the generous donation was made more than 25 years ago and that its relationship with the Cosby family is unbreakable.

The gift was one of the largest single contributions ever made to an African American college and at the time one of the largest donations made to any school.

But other academic institutions that have benefited from the comic's generosity have distanced themselves from scandal-hit Cosby.

A North Carolina school, High Point University, removed the 77-year-old entertainer from its National Board of Advisors, a panel that includes retired Gen. Colin Powell. The university referred to Cosby as "one of the most influential performers of our time" when it announced his appointment last July.

The Berklee College of Music said in a statement on Monday (24 November) that it is "no longer awarding an online scholarship in Mr Cosby's name. The college has no further comment at this time."