Sexual Abuse at Ohio State

Stories about ongoing investigations into sexual abuse at The Ohio State University.

Aerial view of The Oval on Ohio State University's campus
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Ohio State University has been billed about $1.5 million and counting for the investigation into a team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other young men decades ago.

Most of that cost is for Perkins Coie, the Seattle-based law firm hired to investigate claims raised this year about now-deceased physician Richard Strauss, according to a list of related invoices provided by the university.

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One of the men alleging abuse by Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss wants state lawmakers to get rid of the time limit to file legal claims of sexual abuse. 

An advertisement for an off-campus clinic operated by Ohio State Dr. Richard Strauss doctor accused of groping young men appeared in the November 1, 1996 appeared in The Lantern.
The Lantern

The Ohio State University team doctor accused of groping scores of young men decades ago also had an off-campus men's clinic that was marketed in the campus newspaper with a series of ads promising prompt treatment of genital problems, plus a student discount, according to two former employees.

Ohio State Asks Judge To Dismiss Richard Strauss Lawsuits

Sep 7, 2018
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University is asking a judge to dismiss three federal lawsuits filed by former students alleging sexual misconduct by a team doctor.

Ohio State University

An Ohio State Ph.D. candidate has filed a federal lawsuit against the director of the school’s Center for Automotive Research, claiming he sexually harassed her and then retaliated when she refused his advances.

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Ohio State University

A total of 145 former Ohio State University students have reported first-hand accounts of sexual misconduct by sports doctor Richard Strauss, investigators said in an update on Thursday.

Ohio State swim cap in pool.
Ohio State Buckeyes Swiming and Diving

The Ohio State University Diving Club is being dropped as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by female divers who say they were sexually abused and exploited by a former diving coach.

Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Library.
Ohio State University

Ohio State University has announced the creation of a centralized office for responding to sexual- and gender-based harassment, violence and other types of discrimination and harassment.

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Ohio State University

Ohio State University President Michael Drake hopes the school learns how to prevent future abuse from the investigation into a former team doctor accused of molesting students.  Meanwhile federal officials have opened their own inquiry into the school’s handling of the scandal.

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Ohio State University officials say the federal office that oversees enforcement of Title IX has opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against a now-dead former Ohio State doctor.

A statement from a university spokesperson says the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has opened an investigation based on the allegations against Richard Strauss made by former Ohio State students.

Ohio State swim cap in pool.
Ohio State Buckeyes Swiming and Diving

The Ohio State University Diving Club is asking a federal court to dismiss the claims against it in a lawsuit over allegations that a former coach sexually abused young divers years ago.

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Several former students and student-athletes at Ohio State University have described sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at the university from 1978 until he retired in 1998.

Eleven Warriors

Former UFC champion and Ohio State University wrestler Mark Coleman says his comments about whether Republican Rep. Jim Jordan knew about alleged sexual misconduct by a former university doctor were not accurate or were misconstrued. Coleman says he has no direct knowledge about what Jordan knew at the time.

The Ohio State University

Advocacy groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Education to open a civil rights investigation into how The Ohio State University responded to allegations of abuse by longtime school doctor Richard Strauss.

Nick Evans

A former Ohio State student who claims a a now-deceased doctor molested him in the mid-1990s has made public his correspondence with school administrators.

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