Ohio State College mentioned Friday it might pay $41 million to resolve a among the lawsuits stemming from a number of hundred sexual assault claims made in opposition to a health care provider for the college’s athletic division. The payouts to 162 individuals symbolize near half the previous athletes and different college students who’ve filed lawsuits in opposition to the college due to assaults dedicated by Richard H. Strauss throughout his almost 20 years as a workforce physician.
The athletes — soccer gamers, wrestlers and others — had been assaulted after being despatched to Strauss for remedy of accidents or for bodily examinations earlier than their seasons started, the college mentioned in a 182-page report that was launched final yr and detailed the abuse, generally in graphic phrases.
Strauss, who was a professor on the college from 1978 to 1998, died by suicide in 2005.
“Our purchasers are a step nearer to closure and a step nearer to this being a part of the therapeutic course of,” mentioned Rick Schulte, the lawyer who headed the negotiation. “Many of those pupil athletes need to be nearer to the college and this hanging on the market and never being resolved made that tough for them.”
A number of different lawsuits are nonetheless pending. The college mentioned in an announcement saying the settlement that officers had been in mediation with different victims and “dedicated to a decision with plaintiffs, together with a financial decision.”
“The college of a long time in the past failed these people,” Michael V. Drake, Ohio State’s president, mentioned within the assertion.
The 2019 report, commissioned by the college, described repeated examples of institutional failure that allowed Strauss to abuse at the very least 177 college students. It mentioned that greater than 50 athletic division workers members and others had been conscious of the physician’s misconduct however didn’t attempt to cease him.
It is a growing story and might be up to date.
Oskar Garcia contributed reporting.