Embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby's endowed professorship at Atlanta, Georgia's Spelman College has been suspended indefinitely over allegations he drugged and raped over 20 women earlier on in his career.

Cosby is facing a string of sexual abuse and indecent behaviour claims from women including former models Beverly Johnson and Janice DICkinson, over alleged incidents that occurred decades ago.

Cosby has remained silent for the most part about the mounting accusations, while his lawyers have maintained his innocence.

The veteran star has never been charged with a crime, but officials at the all-women's liberal arts college have decided to suspend the endowment, which is funded by a $20 million (£12.5 million) gift that Cosby and his wife Camille gave to school officials in the 1980s, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A spokeswoman for the school says, "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life.

"The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met."

The suspension comes weeks after Cosby resigned from the Board of Trustees at his alma mater Temple University in Pennsylvania earlier this month (Dec14).