Honoring Rudy Giuliani unites rival colleges Syracuse and Georgetown. They're among 5 schools that won't revoke Rudy's honorary degrees despite his legal messes.

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Rudy Giuliani receives honorary degree at Georgetown University.
Washington Mayor Anthony Williams, left, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, chat with graduates while waiting in line for the procession to begin during Georgetown University's graduation ceremonies. The two mayors were both given honorary degrees in 2002 by Georgetown University.Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • Rudy Giuliani is now a target of the criminal probe in Georgia into election interference.

  • Five colleges that previously awarded Giuliani's honorary degrees are letting him keep them.

  • They include Georgetown University, Syracuse University, and St. John Fisher University.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has landed himself in more serious legal trouble.

He was notified Monday that he is a target of the criminal probe in Fulton County, Georgia, regarding his interference in the 2020 presidential election.

This is just the latest legal drama for Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal attorney. Giuliani has repeatedly made false statements about the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory, has had his home raided by the FBI, and is under scrutiny for his dealings with foreign governments.

Insider reported in June that while several colleges had taken back honorary degrees they bestowed upon Giuliani during less contentious times, five colleges refused to rescind honorary degrees awarded to Giuliani.

The hold-outs include St. John Fisher University and Syracuse University in New York, Loyola University Maryland, The Citadel in South Carolina, and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Syracuse and Georgetown are bitter sports rivals, and letting Giuliani keep his degrees may be one of the few things they can agree on.

When Insider this week asked the colleges about Giuliani's latest legal troubles, representatives for the schools had little to say.

"I do not have anything to add beyond the statement I shared [in June]," Sarah Scalese, senior associate vice president for communications at Syracuse University, told Insider via email.

Scalese had previously told Insider: "In accordance with University's bylaws and shared governance structure, honorary degree nominees are recommended by the University Senate. The University is reviewing the resolution recently passed by the University Senate to rescind Rudy Giuliani's honorary degree."

The officials at the four other schools did not respond this week to Insider's multiple requests for comment.

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