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Ohio State to Pay Over $40 Million to Settle Suits From Students Who Claimed Abuse by School Doctor

Ohio State to Pay Over $40 Million to Settle Suits From Students Who Claimed Abuse by School Doctor

“The university of decades ago failed these individuals — our students, alumni and members of the Buckeye community”

This relates to the high profile case of alleged abuses by Dr. Richard Strauss who killed himself in 2005.

NBC News reports:

Ohio State University will pay $41M to 162 men who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor

Ohio State University announced Friday it will pay about $41 million to settle a dozen lawsuits by 162 men who said they were sexually abused by a team doctor.

About 350 men had sued the school for failing to stop Dr. Richard Strauss despite concerns raised during his tenure. Strauss died by suicide in 2005.

In March, the university announced a settlement with some of them, but did not disclose how much money it agreed to pay out.

“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 statement. “Nothing can undo the wrongs of the past, but we must do what we can today to work toward restorative justice.”

The school agreed to pay up to $500,000 for the costs of administering the $40.9 million settlement fund. The money will not come from taxpayer, tuition or restricted donor funds. An overseer independent of the university is expected to help allocate varying payments to the men based on their experiences and the harm done, the school said. A three-person panel of experts will assist in evaluating claims.

“The process will account for wide variations in abuse and provide a pathway for survivor healing,” Richard Schulte, one of the lawyers for the men, said in the university’s statement.

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Comments

healthguyfsu | May 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm

Half a million to hand out 40.9 million? I’m in the wrong line of work.

Help me out here: if the payout doesn’t come from taxes, tuition or donors . . . where does it come from?

Richard Aubrey | May 11, 2020 at 8:34 am

Played lax in the early Sixties. Can’t imagine any of our guys not telling the doc to knock it the freak off.

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