The settlement covers 12 lawsuits related to Dr. Richard Strauss, who is believed to have sexually abused at least 177 students at the university when he worked there between 1978 and 1998.
“The university of decades ago failed these individuals — our students, alumni and members of the Buckeye community,” University President Michael V. Drake said in a news release Friday. “Nothing can undo the wrongs of the past, but we must do what we can today to work toward restorative justice.
“Our focus will always be on the survivors. We know it took great courage for them to come forward, and we are grateful,” Drake added.
“Ohio State continues to participate in good faith in the mediation process with the survivors involved in the remaining lawsuits, and remains committed to a resolution with plaintiffs, including a monetary resolution,” the university said in Friday’s release.
It said that settlement funds would be distributed based on the harm and damages experienced by individual survivors and that a “special master, independent of the university and experienced in the area of sexual trauma claim evaluation” would oversee the process.
Since the release of that report, additional former student-athletes have come forward to publicly testify at the Ohio statehouse about Strauss’ abuse.
The state House of Representatives is considering a bill that would lift the statute of limitations for Strauss’ victims and clear the way for them to sue OSU.