Statement Concerning Unsealing of Documents in Tyndall Class Action Settlement (May 23, 2019)

Dear USC Community,

I am writing to inform you that today several documents related to the Tyndall matter were made public. These documents include complaints made about Tyndall during his employment and the steps USC took in response.

The documents had been provided to the federal court in a confidential manner as part of the review of the proposed class action settlement. The court wanted to understand if USC officials were aware of any of the alleged sexual misconduct by Dr. Tyndall during his employment, and if so, to what extent. We believe that this information will help address questions that the community and former patients have regarding these important issues.

Many of these documents contain sensitive personal information. The privacy concerns have been addressed, and the court has indicated this information should be made publicly available.

The documents are now posted on our web site, https://change.usc.edu/court-documents-release-may-23-2019. They show when complaints against Dr. Tyndall were made, as well as the nature of those complaints and the university’s response to them.

We recognize how difficult this has been for these patients and our community. We remain committed to the well being of all members of our Trojan Family. Our top priority continues to be healing our community, moving forward with important institutional changes and ensuring the safety of our students and patients at all times.

Sincerely,

Wanda M. Austin
Interim President