COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University has released the report on an investigation into the abuse carried out by a former athletics team physician.
The investigation began in April of 2018, after the university received a report in the abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked for numerous Buckeye varsity sports teams from 1979 to 1998. He died in 2005.
The investigation shows that Dr. Strauss sexually abused at least 177 students and student-athletes over that time. Administrators also knew about the alleged activity, but failed to take meaningful action to stop it.
The investigation included interviews with over 500 individuals, and a review of documents over that time.
University President Dr. Michael Drake wrote a letter to students, faculty and staff, saying, "The findings are shocking and painful to comprehend. On behalf of the university, we offer our profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse.
Our institution’s fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable — as were the inadequate efforts to thoroughly investigate complaints raised by students and staff members.
This independent investigation was completed because of the strength and courage of survivors. We thank each of them for their willingness to share their experiences."
Three groups of plaintiffs are in mediation with the university, over lawsuits claiming failed to stop the abuse by Dr. Strauss, and knew about it.
The university also points out there are new prevention programs in place for student-athletes to report abuse, and an Office of Institutional Equity to oversee the school's response.
The investigation cost the university $6.2-million.
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