Tyndale University’s Board of Governors, in agreement with the recommendation brought by Senate, passed a motion at its March 22, 2021, meeting to rescind the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa granted to Ravi Zacharias in 1998. In addition, Tyndale University’s Cabinet passed a motion to rescind the title, Distinguished Alumnus, which was also granted in 1998. Both decisions are effective immediately.
Among other factors, honorary degrees are granted to recognize individuals who model our aspirations and values as an institute of Christian higher education, and whose lives and faith align with the vision and heart of Tyndale University. Similarly, included in the criteria for the Distinguished Alumnus designation is evidence of a life that is marked by moral integrity. The evidence provided by RZIM in February 2021 following an independent investigation of Ravi Zacharias confirmed a pattern of abuse and a lifestyle inconsistent with our Christian faith and values.
As an institution, Tyndale University is deeply disturbed by the findings of the investigation. We stand with the victims and ask the wider community to continue to remain in prayer for all those who have experienced trauma and suffering as a result of the actions of Ravi Zacharias.
Inquiries can be directed to Kevin Kirk, Sr. Vice President External Relations at externalrelationsvp [at] tyndale [dot] ca.