In a discover of intent filed with the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division on Monday, the college outlined a few of the particulars of this system.
“Ohio State has condemned Strauss’ conduct and the university’s failure at the time to prevent the abuse, and has expressed its regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured or has been impacted by Strauss’ abuse,” the discover of intent mentioned. “Despite the time-barred nature of the plaintiffs’ legal claims, Ohio State has attempted to reconcile and restore the bond between itself and its former students and alumni who were impacted by Strauss, and join with them in the healing process.”
“Through the new Strauss Individual Settlement Program, the university is committed to providing an average settlement amount of up to $252,551 to individual survivors involved in five of the active cases against Ohio State,” college spokesperson Benjamin Johnson instructed CNN on Tuesday.
Johnson mentioned the settlement might be independently administered by Matt Garretson, who oversaw the May 2020 and October 2020 settlement payouts. Ohio State beforehand reached these settlement agreements with 185 survivors in 17 lawsuits, totaling $46.7 million, in accordance with a press release from the college.
Rocky Ratliff, one of many plaintiffs and an legal professional for 46 different victims, instructed CNN that the settlement is an assault on the alleged victims who recognized themselves and got here out to talk to the media. Ratliff says victims of sexual abuse by Strauss obtained much less compensation than different victims in well-known cases.
Speaking solely to Ohio State’s case, Johnson addressed Ratliff’s claims saying that the way in which Ohio State responded to the sexual abuse claims towards Strauss is noteworthy. Upon studying concerning the 2018 allegations towards Strauss, Johnson mentioned the college acted instantly, launching a full and impartial investigation of the matter and knowledgeable everybody about its actions.
“The announcement came out April 5, 2018 and hundreds of thousands of people were emailed and reminded that if they had something to share, they were encouraged to share,” Johnson mentioned.
Ohio State reached a $5.8 million settlement with 23 more Strauss sexual abuse survivors as recognized in five lawsuits in October 2020, in accordance with a press release launched by the college. Those settlements, much like the primary settlement of 162 different survivors, mirrored a median of roughly $252,000 per survivor in compensation, the assertion mentioned.
“Our ongoing negotiations with Ohio State have resulted in a fair settlement process that acknowledges the harm inflicted on individual survivors and provides a pathway to healing,” lead negotiator for the plaintiffs’ companies Rick Schulte mentioned in an October assertion from Ohio State. “Once again, Ohio State has stepped forward and done the right thing.”