On April 5, 2018, Ohio State announced the initiation of an independent, external investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against a former university-employed physician.
Since the April 5 announcement of the allegations and investigation, the university has learned that during his time at Ohio State, Dr. Strauss treated student-athletes from several varsity sports, worked at the medical center and treated patients at the student health center.
To date, more than 440 former students and university staff believed to have information concerning allegations involving Strauss have been interviewed.
This includes confidential interviews with approximately 150 former students who report firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct committed by Strauss.
The misconduct allegations date from 1979 to 1997, and were reported by former students who were treated in Student Health Services or were student-athletes. In August 1996, Strauss established a private medical office in Columbus outside the university setting, where individuals have reported that additional acts of sexual misconduct occurred.
Perkins Coie LLP is also investigating whether, and to what extent, Strauss may have examined high school-aged students during his time at the university.
According to records identified to date, Strauss:
- Joined Ohio State’s clinical faculty and the medical staff as an attending physician on Sept. 1, 1978.
- Served as a team physician in Athletics from July 1, 1981, to June 30, 1995.
- Was a part-time physician in Student Health Services from July 1, 1994, to Aug. 7, 1996.
- Resigned from the medical staff on Dec. 31, 1994, and remained on the faculty until his retirement as professor emeritus on July 1, 1998.
Ohio State is sharing this information to encourage our community past and present to come forward.
It is important that anyone with information about incidents relating to Dr. Strauss and his time at Ohio State contact investigators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The identity of individuals who contact Perkins Coie LLP, the outside independent investigator, will be treated with the utmost confidence and sensitivity permitted by law, and individuals may report anonymously if they wish.
We welcome input from any individual or organization with information potentially relevant to our independent investigation. We hope that we will have the opportunity to hear directly from you to help us better understand your experiences.
For those who wish to provide information relevant to the independent investigation, please email us at email@example.com. A member of our investigation team will respond promptly, within one business day, to your email. We will keep your identity confidential unless you give us permission to disclose it, except as may be required to protect a minor from harm or as otherwise mandated by law.
The independent investigative team is using the most trauma-informed approach to an investigation of this type, which does not include reaching out to prospective victims directly due to the concern of re-traumatizing those who may have been affected and do not wish to revisit the experience. Perkins Coie has worked with Ohio State to release regular updates to the public in order to empower others to determine whether they want to come forward.
As a result, Ohio State has broadly communicated about the investigation, contacting more than 115,000 alumni and former student-athletes and reaching an additional 147,000 people through university-wide notifications.
The university will continue to provide updates and report the outcome of the investigation upon its completion.
All updates will be posted on this site. To see the most recent update, click here.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office appointed Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP as legal counsel for the university. In turn, Porter Wright engaged Perkins Coie LLP to conduct an independent investigation of the matter. Its work is in progress.
The investigative team at Perkins Coie is led by two partners in its White Collar & Investigations practice with extensive relevant experience: Markus Funk, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, and Caryn Trombino, a former federal government ethics attorney.
Ohio State has engaged Praesidium, a nationally recognized leader in preventing and responding to incidents of sexual abuse, to facilitate access to support resources for those affected by Dr. Strauss’ conduct. Praesidium has extensive experience in providing confidential support services to survivors of sexual misconduct. For more information, please visit https://website.praesidiuminc.com/wp/osu or call 888-961-9273.
Ohio State actively promotes a safe and healthy campus climate for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The university does not tolerate sexual misconduct and is committed to advancing a culture of civility and respect. If anyone has experienced any form of sexual misconduct while enrolled at Ohio State, and the incident involved another student or university employee, they are encouraged to report to the Office of University Compliance and Integrity, our anonymous reporting service or law enforcement.
If anyone has experienced any form of sexual misconduct at any point outside of Ohio State, please contact local law enforcement. Additional resources include:
- If you reside in the Columbus, Ohio, area, advocates from the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) can assist you in reporting, explain the investigation process and accompany you to any meeting. SARNCO’s confidential, 24/7 support hotline is 614-267-7020.
- If you do not reside in the Columbus area, you can contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline, a confidential, 24/7 resource, at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also visit the website to chat live with a representative. Advocates will help you find a resource in your community.