USC moves to fire, ban from campus former medical school dean over ‘egregious behavior’ – Los Angeles Times

Faced with mounting questions and anger on campus, USC announced Friday it was hiring an ex-federal prosecutor to investigate a report by The Times that the former dean of the university’s medical school associated with criminals and drug abusers and used methamphetamine and other drugs with them.

“We are outraged and disgusted by this individual’s behavior,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said in a letter to the campus community, referring to Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, former dean of the Keck School of Medicine.

USC officials said they had begun the process to strip Puliafito of his faculty tenure and terminate him. In a separate letter to the faculty, Provost Michael W. Quick said the university had just learned about “egregious behavior on the part of the former dean concerning substance abuse activities with people who aren’t affiliated with USC.”

The statements by USC’s top officials were much more strongly worded than comments they made earlier in the week.

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