US Dept. Of Education Now Investigating Dr. Strauss at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University says the US Department of Education has now opened an investigation into the allegations against former Athletics Physician, Dr. Richard Strauss.

The unuversity opened its own investigation back in April, after numerous former student-athletes came forward with allegations that Dr. Strauss sexually abused them. Dr. Strauss worked for the university, in some capacity, from the mid 1970's to the late 1990's. Dr. Strauss died in 2005.

Ohio State says the USDE's Office of Civil Rights, which oversees the enforcement of Title IX, will examine whether the university responded promptly and equitably to the complaints and reports, and allowed the abuse to continue.

Earlier, the university indicated they had received over 100 firsthand accounts of abuse by Dr. Strauss, who worked for a number of varsity sports teams, including Wrestling, Swimming and Diving, and Track and Field.

The university is also continuing its own investigation, being conducted by an independent international law firm, Perkins Coie LLP.

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