The scandal, which forced the university’s president at the time, C.L. Max Nikias, to resign under pressure, erupted a year after U.S.C. was embroiled in another scandal, when the popular dean of the medical school was fired after being accused of using drugs and partying with prostitutes.
Even after Mr. Nikias was forced out, scandals, big and small, continued to engulf the university, once regarded as a party school for Los Angeles’s elite before it was transformed into a top-tier university with an endowment to rival Harvard’s and a faculty that included several Nobel Laureates.
There was the dean of the business school who was forced out over his handling of workplace misconduct claims. And then 2019, U.S.C. was ensnared in a wide-scale college admissions scandal, one that involved universities across the country, in which wealthy parents were accused of paying thousands of dollars — bribes to be more succinct — to get their children, many of whom underperformed academically, into colleges with athletic scholarships. Four U.S.C. athletics officials were charged in federal court for taking bribes, and some parents went to prison.
In late 2018, U.S.C. settled a federal lawsuit stemming from the allegations against Dr. Tyndall for $215 million, although it was clear then that the university’s legal problems were not over, as nearly 500 women, at that time, were suing the university. The settlement announced Thursday compensated more than 700 women who had filed cases in Los Angeles Superior Court, the university said.
“The behavior that was discovered shocks the conscience of the university to its core,” Rick Caruso, chair of the university’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “Our institution fell short by not doing everything it could to protect those who matter most — our students, and I am sorry for the pain this caused the very people we were obligated to protect.”
Shawn Hubler reported from Sacramento, and Tim Arango from Minneapolis.