Letter to the community regarding Tyndall Class Action Settlement (June 13, 2019)

Dear USC community,

I am writing to inform you that today the court granted preliminary approval for the $215 million federal class action settlement that will compensate individuals who received women’s health services from George Tyndall at the Student Health Center. This is a very important step forward in healing our community.

This settlement will provide relief to those who were affected by this difficult experience. It is an important milestone for those former patients seeking certain resolution without reliving their painful experiences.

With this preliminary approval, the settlement administrator may now provide official notice to all potential class members. We expect those notices to be issued to Tyndall’s former patients within the next month.

More information about next steps in the settlement process may be found by visiting https://change.usc.edu/faq/.

Over the past two years, the university has significantly strengthened operations and oversight at the Student Health Center. This includes new protocols to ensure any complaints are investigated and resolved by appropriate university officials and authorities.  Additionally, we have hired female, board-certified physicians and introduced groundbreaking patient education materials about sensitive examinations. You will find a detailed list of changes completed and underway at https://change.usc.edu/change-progress-dashboard-grid/.

We believe that these meaningful and important changes go a long way toward strengthening our university.


Wanda M. Austin
Interim President