USC to pay $1.1 billion to settle gynecologist’s tons of of intercourse abuse circumstances | Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Damage Legal professionals
The University of Southern California appears to have set a record – one that parents should pray for no college needs to challenge, and one for which Los Angeles campus educators and leaders should apologize and be ashamed.
The Trojans have announced $ 1.1 billion to settle legal disputes over Dr. George Tyndall, who was the only gynecologist for young women treated in the student health service.
The school has admitted that in its three decades he has seen 17,000 patients at school and sexually assaulted many of them. As the Los Angeles Times reported:
“Tyndall was accused of chasing a generation of USC women. After The Times revealed his troubled university history three years ago, the 74-year-old was stripped of medical license and arrested. He has pleaded not guilty to dozens of sexual assaults and is awaiting trial. “
The newspaper reported that the gynecologist started at USC in 1989:
“Within a few years of Tyndall’s arrival, clinicians learned from a patient and colleague that the doctor was taking photos of the students’ genitals, according to a 2018 Times study. Photos were later found in his personal storage unit and in his office. Nurses who monitored his pelvic exams complained that he used a curtain to block their view. The students told the clinic staff that he asked violent questions about their sex life and made suggestive comments about their bodies. Nursing staff reported for years that he inappropriately touched students during vaginal exams and threatened at least one employee to go to the police. It was only after a frustrated nurse, Cindy Gilbert, reported Tyndall’s wrongdoing to the campus rape crisis center in 2016 that USC suspended him and opened an internal investigation. Tyndall was silently allowed to step down with a payout the following year, and USC only alerted the Medical Board of California after The Times began contacting USC staff about him. “
Since research showed the University of Tyndall knew wrongdoing and he had contact with as many students as there were patients, settling lawsuits against USC was likely important, the school’s chief attorney said.
But John C. Manly, an attorney who represented a group of women suing the school, noted this to the New York Times: “If you’re a college, you pay” for ignoring the sexually abusive doctor, boy People.
The university’s billion dollar fine includes a $ 215 million settlement announced in 2018 with graduates and students who should receive between $ 2,500 and $ 250,000. There have been dozens of undisclosed payments with plaintiffs. And the university announced in court that it would pay 710 women $ 852 million.
The $ 1.1 billion is roughly 20% of the university’s $ 5.7 billion, as reported in 2019. The university stressed that it would not give out “philanthropic gifts, endowments or tuition fees” to cover the settlement. It pays over two years and requires the school to tighten their belts extensively, administrators said.
The New York Times tried to put the package in perspective:
“The entire settlement is huge in every respect and a pathetic admission that the university has failed its students for many years,” experts said. Such large settlements are seismic in the academic world, which has been hit by sexual abuse and harassment claims against students, professors, and now, on a large scale, an on-campus gynecologist. The USC settlement is twice the size of half a billion dollars won by victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the Michigan State University doctor who sexually abused young women under the guise of medical treatment. It dwarfs other payments, like those in the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal. And it’s bigger than many of the settlements that followed the child sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. ‘It’s by far the largest sexual settlement ever, [by a higher education institution]said Brett Sokolow, president of the Association of Title IX Administrators, which addresses sexual harassment and abuse on campus. “It’s an acknowledgment of suffering and a pretty impressive mea culpa. When you talk about this amount of money, “said Mr. Sokolov,” it is an admission of liability. “He went on,” An admission that there have been hundreds of cases where the university had knowledge or could have known without much diligence what was going on and failed to put an end to it. “
USC has fired its president for failing in the Tyndall case, despite maintaining his term in office and angering his peers by maintaining his academic standing and privileged life at the school. The trustees of the school, which is one of Los Angeles County’s largest employers (including the sprawling hospital and health care system), have tried to reverse the reputational damage caused by the health care gynecologist.
But the school has been rocked by a number of scandals, including the Los Angeles Times revelations of inappropriate behavior by the dean of USC Medical School and the academic who would replace him. The newspaper also uncovered misconduct in the university’s admissions, a program where wealthy parents paid to take their children to a school that is widespread in many parts of Los Angeles and has had a strong academic reputation in recent years has increased.
USC has brought in outside academics to solve its leadership problems. The university is shifting responsibility for the health of its students to the USC health system and away from student services, the Los Angeles Times reported. The school says this means that young women are treated by many different gynecologists, and many of them are women.
In my practice, I see the harm suffered by patients seeking medical services, including the ongoing harm inflicted on them by sexual misconduct by doctors, other health care professionals, and others in leadership and trust. It is unacceptable for our young people to be sexually exploited by adults, especially those who are trained and licensed to provide medical care. It is annoying and wrong for individuals and leaders to ignore young people when they report sexual abuse or to ignore adult sexual misconduct against young people.
For those who criticize plaintiff attorneys and wrongdoing, the USC case can be tragic evidence that without expensive lawsuits some individuals and institutions will not act as they should and will not make changes that they need to. The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing USC’s problems. But really, it took crusade journalists to get a whole bunch of people doing the right thing for young people who were in their care to get started? We still have a lot of work to do to make sure we end the nightmare of cases involving the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Church, the USC, and too many other schools: UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State – the we know so far.