Frequently Asked Questions
The university has agreed to resolve federal class action lawsuit claims involving Dr. George Tyndall’s patients who received women’s health services while he was affiliated with USC, pending final court approval. The university’s singular focus continues to be our students, patients and community. Over the past six months, the university has taken corrective actions to heal our community. This settlement is another step on that journey.
Who does the settlement cover?
All current or former female students who were seen by Dr. George Tyndall at USC’s student health center for women’s health services.
How much will USC pay under the settlement?
USC has agreed to pay $215 million under the settlement. Apart from certain administrative costs, all of that amount will be available for distribution to the class members. Any residual balance in the settlement fund after all class members are compensated would be contributed to charitable organizations that benefit women’s health and well-being.
What are the specifics of the settlement?
The proposed settlement agreement is intended to provide Dr. Tyndall’s patients who received women’s health services at the student health center with support, compassion and sensitivity. All class members will be compensated $2,500 without further action. Patients willing to provide further details about their experience with Dr. Tyndall may be eligible for additional damage awards up to $250,000. In the coming months, class members should receive a notice with more details about the settlement.
The settlement tiers are organized as follows:
- Tier 1: Individuals treated for women’s health issues by Dr. Tyndall will receive compensation of $2,500. This tier does not require any additional information about the patient’s experience.
- Tier 2: Allows patients of Dr. Tyndall the option to seek additional compensation of $7,500 to $20,000 by submitting a written claim form detailing their experience of Dr. Tyndall’s conduct, the personal impact on the patient, and any injury they wish to be considered.
- Tier 3: Allows patients of Dr. Tyndall the option to seek additional compensation of $7,500 to $250,000 by submitting a written claim form documenting their experience of Dr. Tyndall’s conduct, personal impact, and any injury they wish to be considered. In addition, these claimants will also be required to provide information during a respectful, private interview by a licensed psychologist.
Tier two and three awards claims will be reviewed by an independent Special Master approved by the court who will determine individual awards.
Are counseling services available as part of the settlement agreement?
The university continues to offer free counseling and support services to the patients to whom Dr. Tyndall provided women’s health services at the student health center without the direction of the court. Those services will remain available. We encourage any current or former students who wish to receive support to visit this website (https://website.praesidiuminc.com/wp/usc/) to arrange for services. USC is offering impacted former patients the option of free counseling with a provider of their choosing, which can be accessed through a third party and without further contact with the University at 888-961-9273 or by emailing at email@example.com.
How much of the settlement will be used to pay for lawyer’s fees?
No part of the $215 million fund established under the settlement will be payable to the class attorneys. If the court awards attorneys’ fees, it will be paid from a separate fund.
Where is the money coming from to pay for this settlement?
The university has money in reserve and is working with its insurance carriers. This kind of payment will not come from tuition or donor funds.
When will class members receive their compensation?
Class action settlements must be approved by the court. The entire approval process can take six to eight months, or more. Once the court preliminarily approves the settlement, further information will be provided to class members with key information and dates.
I believe I am a class member. What do I need to do now?
You do not need to do anything right now. Once the court preliminarily approves the settlement, a notice of the settlement with further details will also be mailed to class members and disseminated in various other ways. If you would like to ensure you are kept informed about settlement claim procedures as they are rolled out, you may provide your updated contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, email address) by phone or email by contacting 888-961-9273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I learn more about the settlement?
A settlement website will be established that will have information about the status of the settlement, its terms, and key dates and documents. Until that is established by the settlement administrator, you can find the latest information at the following website: https://change.usc.edu/settlement. Once the court preliminarily approves the settlement, a notice of the settlement with further details will also be mailed to class members and disseminated in various other ways.
Do I have to participate in the class action?
No. Every class member can exclude herself from participation if she desires. Once the court preliminarily approves the settlement, a notice with further details will be mailed to class members and disseminated in various other ways. This notice will explain a class member’s rights to participate or exclude yourself from the settlement.
What is USC doing to prioritize campus safety?
USC has taken many sweeping actions to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct from happening on our campus. For more information regarding the university’s commitment to change, please visit: https://change.usc.edu/summary
Can Dr. Tyndall’s patients still report their experiences?
Yes. Individuals with additional information or concerns regarding their experiences can call this dedicated number: 888-961-9273 or use this website: https://app.mycompliancereport.com/report.aspx?cid=usca