OT: LATimes: Regulators slam USC handling of sex abuse allegations as ‘shocking and reprehensible’

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  1. OT: LATimes: Regulators slam USC handling of sex abuse allegations as ‘shocking and reprehensible’
    ErikMcKinney

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    And we wonder why the football program has been on the back burner? Just incredibly sad and horrific that this happened and it happened at the university I have treasured.
     
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    "Folt and USC’s Board of Trustees chair Rick Caruso agreed in writing last week to comply with an array of changes the federal regulators required, according to a signed resolution released Thursday.

    By April, USC will have to provide a plan to revise the structure of its Title IX office and improve tracking and record keeping of sexual harassment and discrimination reports and complaints."

    Last week. Anyone wonder about the timing on announcing free tuition?
     
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    God, reading the news release below, it goes back to at least to 2000. Just received this email from USC:

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    Dear USC Community,

    Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a press release about their findings in response to reports of sexual harassment related to Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist who worked in the Student Health Center for three decades.

    As you may know, this investigation has been ongoing since 2018, but it wasn’t until this morning that we received OCR’s findings letter. USC will shortly issue this news release, which will include links to the OCR findings letter and resolution agreement: https://change.usc.edu/ocr-2020/.

    In my new role, I am deeply committed to joining President Folt in protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and patients.

    We will follow up with a detailed summary of the findings and the resolution agreement as we work to implement the necessary changes.
    Felicia A. Washington
    Senior Vice President for Human Resources
     
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    Max and Sample.
     
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    Many fans were not wondering so.
     
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    Here's the link to the US Dept of Education Press release.

    https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-requires-sweeping-changes-usc-after-title-ix-investigation-finds-university-failed-years-protect-students-sexual-abuse

    And a link to the enforcement action letter and 51 page investigation report by the US Dept of Education ... 51 pages...

    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/more/09186908-a.pdf

    And finally the 14 page resolution agreement signed by USC (Dr Folt and BOT Chair Caruso) detailing all the actions that USC has agreed to take to resolve the findings of the US Dept of Education enforcement action letter...

    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/more/09186908-b.pdf
     
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    Let’s not forget the BOT who was largely asleep at the wheel during these matters. When do they get asked why this happened after many warnings of mismanagement?
     
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    Prosecutor is a Berkeley grad. Allegations mainly true and indisputably terrible but you dig deep at a lot of top schools and there is a lot of shit there that other places don’t get equal exposure or criticism for
     
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    The rot and incompetence at USC is tragic. No moral core or character at the top. Lost. I love the school but what a shitshow
     
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    C’mon man, don’t pull the rival school card, or the Commie School card. Where the prosecutor went to school is of no consequence. Yes, a lot of shyte goes on at other places, but I can think of very few if any that are as bad as this is. We can’t play the “ what about so and so” card either. All we can do is take our medicine and move on and don’t ever let something like this happen again.

    I also realize I’m pushing things when I say WE, because I’m not al Alumnus.
     
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    Exactly. A school as great as USC deserves courageous people, men and women of principal, at the helm, because it still produces and has always produced undergrads with those characteristics
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I knew the gross negligence of top USC officials was bad, but holy crap.

    why in the goddamn f__k is Max Nikias still a part of USC in any, and I mean any, manner?

    “Still, he said, it’s rare for an institution to have been found in violation. “They save that for the schools that are truly asleep at the wheel or stepped over the line.”

    “Joshua Richards, an attorney specializing in higher education at the Philadelphia firm Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, said the only funding penalty would be cutting off an institution’s access to federal money.

    “That’s an incredibly severe sanction,” Richards said. “It would likely result in the closure of a university, and it’s never been imposed.”

    “Also, the university is facing lawsuits brought by more than 600 former patients who opted out of the class-action settlement.”

    “John Manly, one of the lead attorneys representing Tyndall’s former patients in the pending lawsuits against USC, said the report issued Thursday was “a stinging indictment” of USC’s leaders and trustees.”

    “This report paints a picture of administrators completely and utterly indifferent to the safety of its students at a university obsessed with protecting its brand and image, rather than the well-being of its female students,” Manly said.”
    This literally makes me feel sick.
     
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    What I find more damming is that ex-USC head lawyer General Counsel Carol Amir was allowed to just retire and keep all her benefits, as she was at the heart to the coverup of all these past messes. From the US Dept Of Ed report;

    "The Office of General Counsel, which coordinated the University’s multi-faceted investigations of Employee 1 [Tyndall], received information from other departments of the University about Employee 1’s matter, including from OED [USC Office of Equity and Diversity], and would have been aware of the allegations of physical sexual misconduct described above...Furthermore, in interviews with OCR [US Dept of Ed Office of Civil Rights], senior University administrators, including President 2 and the Provost, professed to have had little to no knowledge of Employee 1’s matter, other than what the Office of General Counsel told them, and they were consistent in their statements to OCR that they were told by the Office of General Counsel that Employee 1’s conduct involved harassing words and outdated medical practices, with no mention of the possibility of physical misconduct. Based on the foregoing, OCR has a compliance concern that, in the context of the 2016 Title IX investigation of Employee 1’s sexual misconduct, the Office of General Counsel may have exceeded its advisory role to the point of undermining the autonomy and independence of the Title IX Coordinator 2 and OED which may have impacted the scope of the investigation as well as fidelity to OED’s policies and procedures."
    Interestingly USC is still looking for her replacement posting this ad just a few weeks ago on 2/10/20...
    https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/senior-vice-president-and-general-counsel/1209/15262161
     
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    Not sure there's much point in comparing culpability and Amir's participation in this scandal is clearly reprehensible. However, her behavior is not the most damning. Sample deserves plenty of blame for what his administration chose to ignore. But once again, is is C.L. Max Nikias, President Emeritus at USC, who is the chief scumbag amongst all, second only to Tyndall himself.

    Amir took the job in 2016 but there were already complaints being investigated and clearly she had a strong allegiance to Nikias. The fact that USC now has a demonstrated history of cover-up and dishonesty at ALL levels, means you have to look at the guy in charge. Max did this. He set the values, he drove the focus, he absolutely knew what was going on. It is an insult to suggest that he was such a dufus, he didn't know what "really" transpired because Amir didn't tell him. In 2018 Nikias felt the allegations were of such significance that he went to the BoT, but USC had already paid Tyndall off with a $1M settlement allowing him to retire. USC did not notify the medical licensing board nor did they notify legal authorities.

    "A number of complaints filed in 2013 by chaperones prompted an investigation by the university's Office of Equity and Diversity, which monitors discrimination and sexual misconduct. The office interviewed seven employees and a patient, according to USC, the Los Angeles Times reported, before determining that there was "no violation of school policy."

    So under Nikias' reign, USC managed to talk to ONE patient? And the OED operated that way long before Amir was appointed to her Counsel position. Recall Nikias comment in his pathetic letter to the community: "Several of the complaints were concerning enough that it is not clear today why the former health center director permitted Tyndall to remain in his position." Pure gold there....the guy in charge blames a dead underling rather than take any responsibility whatsoever. A leader with no values.

    "The university only filed a complaint with the Medical Board of California in March, after Tyndall wrote a letter requesting his reinstatement at USC....."In hindsight, we should have made this report eight months earlier when he separated from the university," Nikias said in his letter."

    Brilliant. USC only notified the Medical Board AFTER Tyndall requested reinstatement. Should have made it 8 months earlier? Gee Max, ya think? Disgusting. Even with all his inept leadership, deception, and failed attempt to address the Tyndall scandal, he was forced to step down only to be rewarded with President Emeritus and LIFE Trustee status. Do you realize how sick and pathological that is, for both sides? If he had even a shred of decency, he would step away from campus life completely and apologize to the victims that he could have prevented, along with the victims whose crimes committed against them, were ignored and covered up in the pursuit of personal excellence and legacy.
     
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    U have to be kidding. The prosecutor has it in for USC because he went to a different school? Everybody does it so its ok? This isn't football or the NCAA. This is serious stuff
     
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    Know alums who have told me this is why donations stopped for them.
     

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