Sharing experiences or concern
We encourage current or former patients who wish to share experiences or concerns regarding Dr. George Tyndall’s behavior or who feel they experienced sexual misconduct by a health care provider at the student health center to contact the dedicated helpline number: (888) 961-9273 or visit the following website: USC COMPLIANCE REPORTING. We understand how difficult this may be, and we pledge to handle your outreach with compassion and sensitivity. We stand resolute in bringing all facts—however difficult—to light.
We also encourage any current or former students who wish to receive support to visit this website to arrange services. For any former student health center patients who need further support, we are also providing the option for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 1, 2018 Update
From the Office of the Provost—
On May 24, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University that it was opening a directed investigation into the University’s response to reports about former employee George Tyndall. The University has been working collaboratively with OCR to provide responsive information in connection with OCR’s review into the University’s response to reports about former employee George Tyndall. Please see the attached notice from OCR regarding the opportunity to meet with OCR on campus on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
The University embraces and supports OCR’s goal to maintain a campus free from harassment and discrimination. Students, faculty, staff, and third parties can contact Gretchen Dahlinger Means, the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), to share concerns, seek information about resources, reporting options, and University policies, or make a report. The University’s Title IX policies are available online at:
- USC’s Student Sexual, Interpersonal, and Protected Class Misconduct policy
- USC’s Discrimination policy (policy applicable to staff)
- USC’s Faculty Handbook (policy applicable to faculty)
You may contact the Title IX Coordinator, Gretchen Dahlinger Means, by email, phone, mail, or in person:
Office of Equity and Diversity/Title IX
USC Credit Union Building
3720 S Flower St, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0704
Thank you for your continued commitment to these important issues.
August 7, 2018 Update
Independent Investigation into the Student Health Center
From the Board of Trustees Chairman, Rick J. Caruso, in an August 7, 2018 letter to the USC Community:
“The Board and I are committed to an ambitious, aggressive agenda for change. As I have said previously, it is evident that the recent crises have resulted from systemic and cultural failures. Both the behavior and the environment that allowed it to persist are inexcusable and will no longer be tolerated. Most importantly, we must understand exactly why these failures occurred and take bold action to reform what is broken so that they never happen again.
It is for this reason that at the end of May we retained internationally respected law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP to conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the issues surrounding the former gynecologist at our student health center.
The O’Melveny team has made substantial progress, and to date has interviewed over 100 witnesses and collected 4.5 million documents. However, more work needs to be done, and the Board has authorized O’Melveny to continue the investigation until it is completed. We will have more to say on their work in the coming weeks.”