Duke University has rescinded a prestigious journalism award it gave to Charlie Rose almost two decades ago, the university announced Monday, amid reports of sexual harassment by Rose.
Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy had given Rose the Futrell Award, bestowed every year to recognize outstanding Duke graduates working in journalism. This is the first time it has rescinded such an award, director Bill Adair said in a news release.
The center gave Rose the award 17 years ago.
“I have consulted with students, faculty and staff and found an overwhelming consensus that we should take this action and emphasize that the DeWitt Wallace Center does not tolerate sexual harassment in any form,” Adair said.
At least eight women have accused Rose, who hosted a show on PBS and co-hosted “CBS This Morning,” of sexual harassment.
PBS has stopped distributing Rose’s program, and CBS suspended him after the allegations were reported.
Rose, a North Carolina native, is accused of unwanted sexual advances toward female co-workers, including walking around naked in their presence, groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas, and making lewd phone calls, the Washington Post reported.
Rose apologized to the women in a statement last month, although he said not all of the allegations were accurate.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose said.
“The Post story is a reminder about the important role that journalists play in holding people in power accountable – including people in their own industry,” Adair said.
“Rescinding Rose’s Futrell Award is one way we can make clear that this conduct is not acceptable in any way. We do this as much in sadness as anger given his long relationship with the university.”
The center will removed Rose’s name from the plaque that lists the names of all the Futrell Award honorees.
The Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism was established in 1999 by Ashley B. Futrell Jr. It is a tribute to his father, Ashley B. Futrell, for his contributions to Duke University and the profession of journalism, according to the center’s website.
Rose has been honored by other universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted in the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 1999.