How have U.S.C. and the Trojan family responded?
Last year, faculty, students and alumni demanded the resignation of then-president C.L. Max Nikias. For many community members, the scandal involving Dr. Tyndall was the last straw in a time of mounting scandal.
But that hasn’t been the end of it. U.S.C. also figured prominently into the college admissions scandal, which roiled elite campuses around the country.
On Monday, though, Carol Folt is set to take over the role of president, and she brings with her hopes that she’ll stabilize an institution in turmoil.
On Wednesday, the university’s interim president, Wanda M. Austin, sent a letter to the campus community emphasizing continuing reforms to the way the university health center operates. She said in the letter that she hoped Dr. Tyndall’s arrest would be “another step toward healing.”
How are survivors reacting?
With relief, as Dana Loewy told me, over the thought that Dr. Tyndall could find himself behind bars.
But for her, the fight isn’t over.
Ms. Loewy said she saw Dr. Tyndall in 1993 when she was a graduate student. She said his examination was rough and he made “sleazy, prurient” comments about the fact that she had a girlfriend. The room, she said, seemed darkened. There was no chaperone.
At the time, she recalled, she thought it was a relatively isolated — if upsetting — incident.
“I was used to bad behavior by men,” she said. “But when I heard how massive it was, and there were hundreds of women and that U.S.C. let it continue.”