USC will institute campus-wide reforms to prevent and report sexual and racial misconduct under terms of a settlement agreement filed Tuesday resolving claims related to former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall.
The agreement will also require USC to “recognize all of Tyndall’s patients through a $125 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate,” according to a university statement.
The reforms in the agreement include:
— the appointment of an independent women’s health advocate who will take and confirm complaints are investigated;
— the institution of re-hiring background checks for all new personnel at USC Student Health who are expected to have direct patient interaction;
— the adoption of “sensitive exam” practices consistent with American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines;
— staffing that will allow all female students to have the option of seeing a female doctors;
— a mechanism for online and offline anonymous patient feedback concerning USC Student Health;
— providing mandatory training for all students designed to prevent sexual misconduct and sexual assault; and
— the appointment of an Independent Task Force member to serve on the Survey Task Force for the 2019 Association of American Universities Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct at USC this spring of 2019.
The agreement provides a payment schedule — with payouts ranging from $2,500 $250,000 — for all class members.
The agreement requires federal court approval.
The agreement resolves claims to Tyndall, a former physician at USC’s Engemann Student Health Center who has been accused by several hundred women of sexual abuse during his three-decade tenure as the clinic’s only full-time gynecologist.
The university agreed last fall to a $215 million class-action settlement in the case.
Tyndall has not been charged with a crime, but according to a published report, a grand jury has been seated to hear evidence in the cases of more than 200 women who have filed reports with police alleging sexual misconduct by Tyndall.
The agreement was filed one day after a half-dozen gay and bisexual men sued USC and another physician, alleging he discriminated against and battered them while serving as the only full-time men’s sexual health doctor at the Student Health Center.
The plaintiffs are former USC students identified only as John Does in the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint filed Monday against the university and Dr. Dennis A. Kelly.
The suit’s allegations include sexual battery, gender violence, sexual harassment, negligence and fraud.
A USC representative released a statement saying the university is “aware of the lawsuit and are concerned by its allegations.”
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