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USC dean resigns after acknowledging student relationship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dean of dramatic arts at the University of Southern California has resigned after admitting he had a relationship with an undergrad more than a decade ago.

Dean David Bridel sent a letter to faculty Thursday acknowledging he dated a senior and apologized profusely for “any harm caused.”

“I fully accept … that my behavior in 2009 demonstrated a failure in judgment and evidence of irresponsibility,” he wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

USC has been rocked in recent years by several scandals involving the medical school dean, a longtime campus gynecologist and an assistant basketball coach. Recently, the school figured prominently in a national admissions scandal that involved wealthy parents bribing officials to get their children into prestigious schools.

Bridel’s resignation came a day after another woman described the relationship at a meeting of faculty, students and alumni of the masters acting program.

Bridel said the brief relationship with the fine arts student ended amicably and said the way it was described in public was “grossly inaccurate.”

The university said cinematic arts Dean Elizabeth Daley will replace Bridel in the meantime.

The resignation was first reported by the Daily Trojan.

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