"The findings are shocking and painful to comprehend", Ohio State President Michael Drake said Friday in a letter to students and faculty.
Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron said the report does not address whether anyone went to law enforcement at the time or was required to do so under the law back then. According to the Associated Press, OSU has tried to have those lawsuits dismissed because they're beyond the statute of limitations, while simultaneously claiming that they're not trying to ignore anyone's story of abuse. Michigan State ultimately agreed to a $500 million settlement with his victims.
Numerous men who have spoken publicly said they were groped and inappropriately touched during physical exams.
"Many of the students felt that Strauss" behavior was an "open secret, ' as it appeared to them that their coaches, trainers, and other team physicians were fully aware of Strauss' activities, and yet few seemed inclined to do anything to stop it", the report states.
According to the report, "Strauss" acts of abuse ranged from the overt - such as fondling to the point of erection and ejaculation - to more subtle acts of abuse that were masked with a pretextual medical goal - for example, requiring a student-patient to strip completely naked to purportedly "assess' an orthopedic condition, or asking probing questions about a student-patient's sexual practices or performance". Athletes joked about Strauss' behavior, referring to him with nicknames like "Dr. Jelly Paws".
The report also confirms earlier accusations of a "sexualized environment" at Larkins involving male voyeurs loitering in the men's locker room, showers and saunas.
Perkins Coie, the law firm that conducted the investigation, said it is also examining whether Strauss may have examined students of high school age while serving at the university.
According to the report, the Ohio State "had knowledge" of sexually abusive treatment from Strauss as early as 1979, "but reports about Strauss' conduct were not elevated beyond the Athletics Department or Student Health until 1996". Strauss most frequently targeted wrestlers - 48 of them, according to the report.
Strauss, a well-regarded physician and sports-medicine researcher, was eventually let go as a team doctor and physician at the student health center.
The student asserted that Strauss molested other minors during the course of the doctor work with high schools and the Ohio State wrestling camp. The abuse continued there. He retired 18 years later with emeritus status, which the university said it plans to revoke.
As the allegations against him mounted, investigators said, Strauss pleaded with university administrators to keep his job.
The university took disciplinary action against Strauss only after a series of student complaints in the mid-1990s.
"Dreams were broken, relationships with loved ones were damaged, and the harm now carries over to our children as many of us have become so overprotective that it strains the relationship with our kids", Kent Kilgore said in a statement.
The report included information gathered from hundreds of former students and university employees.
"We hope that the report will force OSU to take responsibility for its failure to protect young students", he said. "If OSU refuses to take responsibility the we will continue with civil litigation and put this in front of a jury for the community to judge their actions".
No one has publicly defended him, though his family has said it was shocked by the allegations. No other such accounts were included in unredacted portions of the report.
There are now several lawsuits pending about the abuse and those involved, including former OSU wrestling coach and current congressman Jim Jordan, who has been accused of ignoring complaints of Strauss' sexual abuse. The congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, was not mentioned by name in the report.
The lawsuits against Ohio State are headed for mediation. They seek unspecified damages.
The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is now investigating whether the university dealt with students' complaints "promptly and equitably".
The allegations against Strauss - who died by suicide in 2005 - emerged previous year after former Ohio State athletes came forward to claim the doctor had sexually abused them under the guise of a medical examination.
Strauss, who died in 2005, was allowed to voluntarily retire in 1998 after the allegations were reported to the state medical board in 1996.