USC is SLAMMED for ‘ignoring’ years of claims from campus gynecologists and sexually abused students
The US Department of Education has pronounced a reprimand for the treatment of the University of Southern California of multiple allegations of sexual abuse against Dr. George Tyndall
The University of Southern California was commissioned to undergo federal monitoring for three years after systematic failures were cited in the school’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former campus gynecologist.
The US Department of Education’s command of supervision is surrounded by radical changes that were imposed in the Title IX procedures of USC, the federal law that protects students from discrimination based on sex.
The department delivered a stabbing reprimand for the treatment of the Los Angeles school of several charges against Dr. Thursday. George Tyndall.
“This total and complete failure to protect students is heartbreaking and unforgivable,” said US Education Minister Betsy DeVos in a statement announcing the results of the Federal Title IX Probe.
“Too many people at USC have closed their eyes to prove that Dr. Tyndall spent years chasing students.
Under the terms of an agreement agreed last month, the university pays approximately 18,000 former patients, including those who have not accused Tyndall of misconduct, at least $ 2,500 each. In the meantime, Tyndall (photo) remains imprisoned for criminal prosecution
Tyndal faces 29 felony charges related to the sexual assault of 16 patients while he was a campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California
Prosecutors say that patients have been abused during annual exams or other treatments during visits to the student health center (photo)
“We are grateful to all survivors who came forward to share their story with our (Office of Civil Rights) investigators,” she said.
“Because of your courage, we can now work with the university to ensure that this never happens to another student on the USC campus.”
A study by the Department of Education showed that between 2000 and 2009 Tyndall had informed the university of possible misconduct against five patients.
However, the school did not investigate, assess whether interim measures were needed, determine whether the five patients were subjected to gender discrimination or ensure that measures were taken to prevent the behavior from recurring and to correct its effects on patients who had filed a complaint and / or other patients, “the department said.
Federal education officials also said the university had not investigated any complaints that Tyndall was taking pelvic exams without gloves and was engaged in “digital penetration of patients” and “full-body skin checks.”
A USC representative said university officials were preparing a statement in response to the department’s announcement, KNBC reports.
More than 700 women accused the 72-year-old former USC doctor during his career of sexual misconduct.
Under the terms of a settlement in a $ 215 million class action lawsuit agreed last month, the university pays approximately 18,000 former patients, including those who do not accuse him of misconduct, at least $ 2,500 each.
US Education Minister Betsy DeVos condemned USC for handling accusations against former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, and said his answer to the allegations was “a total and complete failure to protect students.”
A group of current and former USC students who are alleged survivors of the alleged assault by gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, speaking out at a press conference in Los Angeles last October
Meanwhile, Tyndall remains imprisoned and is confronted with 29 charges of sexual abuse of 16 patients.
Prosecutors say that during visits to the student health center, patients have been abused for annual exams or other treatments.
Tyndall, who is married, has practiced at the university for almost 30 years.
The charges include improperly touching women who were between 17 and 29 years old.
Tyndall’s lawyer says that the gynecologist suffers from heart problems and the development of diabetes. Tyndall denies all accusations against him, his lawyer says.
USC still has to answer hundreds of lawsuits filed by women who have accused Tyndall in the state court.
Attorneys for alleged victims have criticized the federal class-action scheme and said it was not enough.