May 23, 2018 — Over 200 faculty members at the University of Southern California (USC) are calling for the resignation of president C.L. Max Nikias after reports that Dr. George Tyndall was allowed to resign with a settlement after reports of sexual assaults during vaginal exams.
The letter claims that Nikias lacks the “moral authority” to lead the university’s investigation into the matter:
“President Nikias’ actions and omissions amount to a breach of trust. He has lost all moral authority to lead the university, and in addition, to lead the investigation of institutional failures that allowed this misconduct to persist over several decades.”
Over 4,000 people have also signed petitions calling for Nikias’s resignation or suspension.
Tyndall was the only gynecologist on staff at the USC Student Health Center since the 1990s, when his co-workers began complaining about him routinely taking inappropriate photos of girls’ genitals.
USC received at least 8 more serious complaints from his patients since 2000, but he was allowed to keep his job. In 2003, a group of concerned chaperones also reported Tyndall’s inappropriate behavior.
Tyndall did not stop working until 2016, when a frustrated nurse finally reported him to the campus rape crisis center after her complaints to administrators at the Student Health Center were ignored.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias is under fire for allowing Tyndall to resign with a financial payout in 2017, after Tyndall threatened the university with a lawsuit for age discrimination and retaliation.
That plan backfired — USC is now facing at least 6 lawsuits and class actions from women who were sexually assaulted by Tyndall. At least 300 women have come forward to report his inappropriate behavior.
The lawsuits describe similar complaints from Tyndall’s patients, such as routinely using ungloved fingers to penetrate the vagina, forcing patients to get entirely naked for head-to-toe exams for “moles,” inappropriate sexual and racist comments during exams, and one woman who says he put his entire ungloved hand into her vagina.
USC investigated and concluded that Tyndall should have been forced out of his job years ago due to the seriousness of the complaints. USC also determined that his behavior amounted to sexual harassment, and was outside the scope of accepted medical practice.
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