An accidental whistle-blower in the UCLA orthodontics program who resigned in March may take legal action against the university after claiming the last few months have been "a living terror," the Daily Bruin reports. The orthodontics resident prompted an investigation in November by the student newspaper of allegations of "admissions impropriety" in the school, which included accusations of preference for applicants who are large donors or with families that have made significant contributions to the program. After an audit of its admissions policy last year, the dental school denied the preferential treatment allegations but did adopt stricter guidelines.
Since the Daily Bruin story ran in November, the student says the director has taken away patients, limited access to study materials, halted his progress, and discredited him among his colleagues. "You have caused me to be unable to sleep, unable to work, and unable to enjoy any aspect of the employment, the work and the study I so looked forward to," he wrote in his resignation letter. The student, university, and department head declined comment on word of a lawsuit.