USC Interim President Dr. Wanda Austin announced Friday that the university has agreed in principle to a $215 million class action settlement that will compensate students who received women’s health services from Dr. George Tyndall, the former campus gynecologist accused by scores of women of sex abuse.

“Our Board of Trustees supports this settlement, which was reached in collaboration with plaintiffs’ counsel, and which will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this difficult experience,” Austin said in a prepared statement. “By doing so, we hope that we can help our community move collectively toward reconciliation. I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee.”

The settlement provides all class members — former patients who received women’s health services from Tyndall — compensation of $2,500. Patients who are willing to provide further details about their experience could be eligible for additional compensation up to $250,000.

“Following the expected court approval, all class members will be sent a notice of their options under the settlement in the coming months,” Austin said.

A fair and respectful resolution for as many former patients as possible has been a priority for the university and for me personally since I began serving in the role of Interim President. Many sweeping changes have been made and we continue to work every day to prevent all forms of misconduct on our campuses, to provide outstanding care to all students,” she said.

“Friday’s announcement is an important step forward, but it is only the beginning of our journey. We care deeply about our community, we are listening carefully, learning from these experiences and strengthening our university.”

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