Ohio State University to Pay $41 Million to Settle Doctor Abuse Claims

  • Ohio State University (OSU) has finalized its $41 million settlement with 162 survivors in 12 sexual abuse lawsuits made against Richard Strauss, a doctor for the school’s athletic department.
  • The payouts to the claimants represent about half of the former OSU students who say they were victimized by Strauss, during his nearly 20 years at OSU from 1978 to 1998.
  • As part of the investigation, OSU reached out to many alumni, former and current students, faculty and staff to inform them of the investigation and encourage them to share any information they had.
  • Several other lawsuits are still pending. The university said in a statement announcing the settlement that officials were in mediation with other victims and “committed to a resolution with plaintiffs, including a monetary resolution.”
  • A representative for 38 former athletes who were not part of the agreement, called the $41 million settlement “pathetic,” comparing it to the nearly $30 million the school will pay the football coach over the next four years of his contract, reported the New York Times.