Update (July 1, 2021): Howard University released a statement on Wednesday addressing Phylicia Rashad’s comments regarding Bill Cosby’s release from prison.

“Survivors of sexual assault will always be our priority. While Dean Rashad has acknowledged in her follow-up tweet that victims must be heard and believed, her initial tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault,” the statement read. “Personal positions of University leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies."

“We will continue to advocate for survivors fully and support their right to be heard. Howard will stand with survivors and challenge systems that would deny them justice. We have full confidence that our faculty and school leadership will live up to this sacred moment,” the university concluded.

Rashad took to Twitter on Wednesday to celebrate Cosby’s conviction being overturned in Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” the 73-year-old wrote in a tweet.

In May, Rashad was named dean of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts, as Blavity previously reported

“It is a privilege to serve in this capacity and to work with the Howard University administration, faculty and students in reestablishing the College of Fine Arts,” the former The Cosby Show actress said of her appointment.

Linda Correia, a Washington lawyer who sued Howard University in 2017 on behalf of six then-current students for the school’s failure to respond adequately to accusations of sexual violence, said of Rashad’s first tweet, “Well, I think the miscarriage of justice is for the victims,” CNBC reported

“It’s not surprising that she supported him. She’s always supported him,” Correia added. “I would say that I think that any statement that is contrary to recognizing the miscarriage of justice for those women who had the courage to come forward is not what student survivors probably want to see right now.”

Rashad is slated to begin her new role as dean on July 1 and it is unclear whether that date will be postponed. 

Original (June 30, 2021): Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction. Although some have mixed reactions to the comedian’s release, there is one person who delighted in Cosby's release, actress Phylicia Rashad.

Shortly after news broke of the 83-year-old's release, Rashad took to Twitter to celebrate. 

“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” Rashad wrote in a tweet.

Many people have taken to Twitter to criticize Rashad's response.