“The university has condemned Strauss' reprehensible conduct and expressed its appreciation to survivors for coming forward,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson in a written release. “Our work toward restorative justice continues.”
In April 2018, OSU launched an independent investigation after one survivor came forward.
In May 2019, law firm Perkins Coie issued a scathing 232-page report that concluded at least 177 male students had been abused by Strauss and administrators knew about the misconduct but failed to report it to law enforcement.
One athletic trainer told investigators that people who overlapped with Strauss for any significant time would have to have their “ears plugged, eyes shut and mouth closed to not realize something was off.”
His abuse of students included fondling, making them strip under the guise of medical assessments and asking probing questions about their sex lives — abuse that escalated over time, the report says. One student reported that Strauss performed oral sex during an exam.