From 1978 to 1998, Richard Strauss was employed by Ohio State as a physician treating students, including student-athletes. Strauss died in 2005.
In March 2018, Ohio State received a report from a former student-athlete about sexual abuse by Strauss decades earlier. Ohio State took the allegations seriously and acted immediately. Less than one week later, on April 5, 2018, the university announced an investigation and notified the Columbus Division of Police. Perkins Coie LLP was retained to conduct an external, independent investigation.
Ohio State contacted 115,000 alumni and former student-athletes about the investigation. The university also reached out to another 147,000 people through university-wide notifications to inform them of the investigation; encourage them to share any information they had with the independent investigators; and provide updates.