"Discrimination and harassment have no place at USC. We do not tolerate behavior that violates our strict policy and take appropriate disciplinary action when it does," said Gretchen Means, executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, or OED.
In a statement on Wednesday, Means said the OED immediately opened an investigation after receiving complaints about Carrera, who was initially placed on administrative leave.
Carrera was named vice president for USC health sciences development in August 2014 after he led a historic $6-billion fundraising campaign that expanded the university's medical enterprises, including the Keck School of Medicine, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital.
The LA Times reported that sources made allegations that Carrera questioned female employees about their dating habits, made comments about their desirability and volunteered information about his own sex life.
The university told the Times that Senior Vice President Albert Checchio was aware of the complaints about Carrera's behavior in March, but he claimed it was not necessary to alert OED.
Although Carrera is no longer an employee of the university, Means said, the investigation will continue until all findings are completed.
Medical school Dean Rohit Varma, Puliafito’s successor, also resigned as dean last week after the Times revealed that it would publish a story about a 2002 sexual harassment allegation against him. Varma’s office at USC told Annenberg Media that he’s still a faculty member at the university and is still seeing patients.
Provost Michael Quick announced measures to improve the university’s culture in a letter to the medical school community on Tuesday night. He explained that USC plans to create both a new vice provost position to evaluate the performances of deans and senior leaders and an ombuds office to report issues on campus.