USC-president to resign amid sexual misconduct scandal
University of Southern California’s president to resign amid a sex-abuse scandal surrounding a university gynecologist.
Starting this week, there are more than 300 people are now suing the University of Southern California about the alleged failure to prevent sexual abuse by a former campus gynecologist, reports said.
And faculty members renewed push Wednesday for the university of the president to make good on his plans to resign.
The gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, 71, was the subject of repeated complaints that he groped female students during the campus office visits and made lewd, inappropriate comments about the bodies of women during the three decades of the student health center. He also allegedly improperly photographed students.
Complaints as early as in 1990, not yet fully explored until 2016, said the California state Department of Education, that is the investigation of USC’s response to the allegations against Tyndall.
People enter the University of Southern California Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
“It is unconscionable that a world-class institution like USC would be ignoring repeated red flags and late Dr. Tyndall to remain in a position where he could abuse of the students,” said Mike Arias, a managing partner of a law firm on Tuesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of 54 former USC students of alleged sexual abuse.
Meanwhile, in the two months since USC President C. L. Max Nikias agreed to resign, many teachers have grown afraid that he would not be abandoned, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A petition dated Wednesday and signed by almost 700 faculty members was addressed to the trustees. It said that there was “no follow-up” in the naming of an interim president or a search for a permanent replacement, the paper reported.
Number of patients suing USC over sexual abuse claims tops 300 teachers pushes for Nikias’ exit https://t.co/RVplSvg89p pic.twitter.com/Uxpk1eTJ8X
— The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 1, 2018
“We are in a state of turmoil and uncertainty,” the petition said, noting that the students returned to the campus in less than three weeks. “President Nikias is not the person who stands up to greet new students at the Convocation.”
The faculty had written two months ago that she wanted to Nikias to “step aside to allow new leaders to heal the damage to the university, the recovery of the trust of the community, and help us to go forward,” the Washington Post reported.
University board President Rick Caruso could not be reached for comment on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Post.
Dr. Yaniv Bar-Cohen, chair of the academic senate, told colleagues in a letter to faculty Monday that “there seems to be a broad faculty consensus that it would be inappropriate for Nikias to continue in the office during the search for a new permanent President,” the times reported.
“It is simply not acceptable to go back on what already was announced two months ago. … We can’t move forward until we have new leadership.”
– Ariela Gross, USC law and history professor
“It is simply not acceptable to go back on what already was announced two months ago,” Ariela Gross, USC professor said. “We can’t move forward until we have new leadership,” the Post reported.
A university spokesman declined to comment on Nikias’ status of trustees formed a presidential search committee, said the report.
Tyndall could not be reached for comment this week, but he has previously denied wrongdoing.
He has not been charged with a crime, but the police are investigating allegations of dozens of women and more than 400 students who make complaints through a university hotline. USC has said it is cooperating with the investigation.
“A blind eye was turned in the direction of these women’s requests for assistance. … USC is unforgivable omission gave Dr. Tyndall the ability to abuse countless more patients in the course of many years.”
– Andy Rubenstein, attorney at law
“A blind eye was turned in the direction of these women ask for help,” lawyer Andy Rubenstein said in a statement this week. “USC is unforgivable omission gave Dr. Tyndall the ability to abuse countless more patients in the course of many years.”
The Times reported that in a secret deal last summer, top university administrators allowed Tyndall to resign quietly with a financial payout.
USC also is not Tyndall, the time to the Medical Board of California, the paper reported. The university told the Times in a statement that it is “not required” to report him, but “afterwards,” USC should have reported him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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