A PETITION to have Donald Trump stripped of his honorary RGU degree has now been signed by more than 20,000 people.
The university’s principal is “considering the position” of the tycoon’s Doctorate of Business Administration following the outcry.
A spokesman for the university said: “Mr Trump’s honorary degree was awarded in 2010.
“Business and entrepreneurship are key areas of focus for the university, and Mr Trump is recognised for these activities (including his investment in the North-east).
“This award was made prior to the appointment of RGU’s current principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, who is considering the position.
“He is totally committed to equality of opportunity and to respect for different cultures, values which are an important part of RGU’s ethos.”
The billionaire was recognised by the North-east university in 2010.
The petition states: “We respectfully request that Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) strips Donald Trump of the honorary degree it bestowed on him with immediate effect.
“We feel that Donald Trump’s unrepentant, persistent verbal attacks on various groups of people based on nationality, religion, race and physical abilities are a huge detriment to RGU.
“Hate speech must not have a place in academia, in politics or on the world stage.
“We are confident RGU will agree with the petitioners, and act swiftly.”
Trump recently put out a campaign release “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
The statement has been widely criticised, including by Prime Minister David Cameron.
His official spokeswoman described Trump’s comments as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong”.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling said on Twitter that Trump is worse than her fictional villain Lord Voldemort.
While horror novelist Stephen King wrote: “That anyone in America would even CONSIDER voting for this rabid coyote leaves me speechless.”