The U.S. Department of Education will launch an investigation into health care at the University of Southern California (USC) after one of its health clinic doctors allegedly sexually abused hundreds of patients.
After the Los Angeles Times reported a myriad of shocking allegations against gynecologist George Tyndall in May, scores of women came forward to tell their stories and file suit against the doctor. Allegations of abuse included taking pictures of the women’s genitals, asking patients to undress fully and lie naked on the examine table for reasons that were not clear, placing his fingers inside his patients’ genitals and making wildly inappropriate comments about his patients’ physiques.
Many of Tyndall’s patients were upset after their visits with the doctor and reported his inappropriate behavior, but the university did nothing, the LA Times reported. USC President C.L. Max Nikias resigned on May 25 after the scandal erupted.
Following LA Times’ explosive exposé, law firm Manly, Stewart & Finaldi filed 20 lawsuits against the doctor and is currently representing more than 100 women in the case against Tyndall. (RELATED: Larry Nassar Victims Reach $500 Million Settlement With Michigan State University)
“Every student on every campus should have a safe learning environment,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said, according to The Washington Post. “Attempts to obfuscate or hide Title IX violations from the department will not be tolerated, and I am calling on USC to cooperate fully and completely with this investigation,” she added.
USC Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso indicated the university intends to fully cooperate with the investigation. “We welcome the U.S. Department of Education’s investigation and the university will fully cooperate with their inquiry,” Caruso said in a statement, WaPo reported.
Tyndall had served as the university’s health clinic gynecologist for over 30 years.
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