The university has been accused of covering up the allegations and allowing Dr. Tyndall to continue working at the student health center. It wasn’t until 2016 that he was suspended after a nurse complained and Tyndall received a financial settlement before he was forced to retire.
U.S.C. has defended it’s handling of the matter, denying any instance of a cover-up. University provost, Michael W. Quick wrote, “I have seen media reports allege that the university leadership knew about Dr. Tyndall’s misbehavior for a long time and that we covered it up for the sake of the USC brand. This is absolutely untrue. It is unthinkable. It is true that our system failed, but it is important that you know that this claim of a cover-up is patently false.”
During Tyndall’s time at the student health center, it had operated independently with no oversight from physicians or administrators. U.S.C. has changed this and now require all health care providers and faculty members to undergo a peer-review process and a demanding credential review.
State Law requires hospitals and clinics to notify the medical board when a physician has been disciplined, suspended or terminated. The university believed the law did not apply in Tyndall’s case. The school now claims it should have filed a complaint with the Medical Board in 2017.