PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck has received one of six honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University.

Affleck was among artists, writers, scientists and educators to receive the degrees from the Ivy League school at commencement exercises Sunday. Affleck directed, produced and starred in “Argo,” which won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture.

Others getting honorary doctorates were author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

The university conferred more than 2,400 degrees Sunday.

Amanda Bynes claims sexual assault

NEW YORK – Internal Affairs officers are looking into allegations by actress Amanda Bynes that New York police sexually assaulted her when she was charged with heaving a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.

The 27-year-old former child star first alleged during her arraignment Friday that police illegally entered her apartment after being called to her midtown building. But in a Twitter message believed to be from the actress posted Saturday, Bynes alleged that her arresting officer also sexually assaulted her.

The Twitter handle used to make the sexual assault allegations Saturday does not appear to be verified by the social network — but Bynes’ friend, former Hollywood publicist Jonathan Jaxson, said Saturday the tweet was made from Bynes’ account.

In court Friday, the former “Hairspray” star made no mention of the sexual assault allegations, although she did complain of illegal entry to her apartment. She’s been charged with reckless endangerment, attempted tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana. She was released by Chief New York County Judge Neil Ross on her own recognizance.