USC Medical School Dean Fired After 2003 Sexual Harassment Claim, $135K Settlement Revealed

In this file photo, Rohit Varma arrives at the 3rd Biennial Rebels with a Cause Fundraiser. (Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images)

After the dean of USC’s medical school resigned last year amid long-running complaints about his drinking and boorish treatment of colleagues, university leaders assured students and faculty that his successor would be worthy of respect.

The man USC chose, however, had a black mark on his own personnel record: A finding by the university 15 years ago that he had behaved inappropriately toward a female medical school fellow.

USC formally disciplined the dean, Rohit Varma, in 2003 following allegations that he sexually harassed the young researcher while he was a junior professor supervising her work, according to confidential personnel records reviewed by The Times and interviews with people familiar with the university investigation.

As The Times was preparing to publish a story disclosing the case, USC announced Thursday afternoon that Varma was no longer dean.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.