David Carrera, the University of Southern California’s vice president for fund raising, left his post last week amid an internal investigation of his treatment of women, the Los Angeles Times reports.
His departure is the latest in a string of controversies for the university. Just one week ago the medical-school dean, Rohit Varma, was removed amid claims that he had sexually harassed and retaliated against a woman he supervised in 2003. Before that, the Times reported on the drug-fueled partying of Carmen A. Puliafito, who resigned as the medical-school dean, and was later fired as a faculty member, before Dr. Varma took over.
According to the Times, the investigation into Mr. Carrera’s behavior is continuing after his departure (officials would not say whether he had resigned or was fired). The newspaper also reported that the university had received five complaints about Mr. Carrera this year alone, but did not start an investigation until the Times published its bombshell report on Dr. Puliafito.
“Discrimination and harassment have no place at USC,” the executive director of the university’s Office of Equity and Diversity, Gretchen Dahlinger, said in a written statement to the Times. ”The university does not tolerate behavior that violates its strict policy and takes appropriate disciplinary action when it does.”
Correction (10/11/2017, 9:29 p.m.): This article originally misstated the position from which Dr. Puliafito was dismissed. He was fired as a faculty member, not as dean of the medical school. He resigned from the latter post. The article has been updated accordingly.Return to Top