Two men who say they were sexually assaulted by Dr. Richard Strauss, while he served as a doctor at The Ohio State University, are asking the university’s Board of Trustees to join them in mediation.
The request came in the form of a letter sent to the trustees and all members of the Ohio General Assembly, by former students Brian Garrett and Mike Schyck.
“I am doing this because I am standing up for the guys that can’t speak, or don’t want to speak out, or are struggling to,” said Garrett.
In the letter, Garrett and Schyck write about concerns regarding the university’s efforts to dismiss two lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims.
The letter states: “In our opinion, there was absolutely no legal reason for University attorneys to files these motions other than to send a message of intimidation.”
It also outlines the request for mediation to occur before the end of the year.
An OSU spokesman issued the following statement, in response to the letter:
This spring, when we first heard of these horrible and profoundly disturbing experiences from decades ago, we immediately established and announced an independent investigation. The aim of this work over these past months has been twofold: first, uncover what happened, and, second, to determine what the university and its leaders at the time knew. The independent Strauss investigation will be over soon, and the university will share the findings and develop the appropriate response and action at that time. The investigation is of the highest priority to the university.
According to the law firm leading the investigation, about 150 students have come forward alleging they were abused by Strauss between 1979 and 1997.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005.