COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University has removed the "emeritus" status of a former athletics physician, who was found to have sexually abused hundreds of student-athletes over a two-decade period.
A committee of the university's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to make the move against Dr. Richard Strauss, who work for the university from 1979 to 1997. Dr. Strauss died in 2005.
It comes after a report from an independent investigator that showed Dr. Strauss sexually abused 177 student-athletes while working for a variety of varsity athletics teams, and at the student health center.
Originally, Dr. Strauss was given the emeritus status upon his retirement.
The university is still facing numerous lawsuits from former student-athletes, who claim the university's administrators had knowledge of the abuse, but failed to stop it.