USC students who encountered former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall can meet with a representative from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 20.

The civil rights office staff will hold office hours from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tutor Campus Center, Room 320C. Students can schedule a 15-minute appointment by emailing Laura.welp@ed.gov.

"OCR is interested in speaking with any current or former students, staff, or faculty about reports and complaints made to USC about the former staff gynecologist and the University's response," according to a poster alerting students of the visit.

Interested students who are unavailable can call OCR at 415-486-5555 or email Laura.welp@ed.gov to make other arrangements.

OCR’s post
OCR’s post

In a press release, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said, "attempts to obfuscate or hide Title IX violations from the Department will not be tolerated, and I am calling on USC to cooperate fully and completely with this investigation." The office is now investigating how USC handled reports of sexual misconduct leveled against Tyndall during his 27 years as campus gynecologist.

"We welcome the U.S. Department of Education's investigation and the university will fully cooperate with their inquiry," Rick Caruso, the newly elected chairman of the USC Board of Trustees said in a statement to Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and other press.

You can reach Ruby Yuan via email: kaidiyua@usc.edu