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Former Ohio State Doctor Surrenders Medical License Amid Strauss Revelations

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Angie Wang
Associated Press

A former Ohio State student health director has surrendered his medical license after being accused of failing to report complaints in the mid-1990s about sexual misconduct by university doctor Richard Strauss, who's accused of abusing young men for two decades.

The state medical board citation made former director Ted Grace, who served as
Ohio State's student health services from 1992-2007, the first individual to face potential discipline related to Ohio State’s failure to stop the now-deceased Strauss.

Grace surrendered his Ohio license under an agreement approved but not released Wednesday. He also faced a fine of up to $20,000.

Grace recently had been leading student health services at Southern Illinois University. SIU says he gave notice last month that he was retiring.

In 2019, an independent investigation found that Strauss "sexually abused at least 177 male student-patients he was charged with treating as a University physician," although lawyers for survivors contend that the real number is double that.

Strauss worked at Ohio State from 1978 until his voluntary retirement in 1998. He died by suicide in 2005.

In March 2020, Ohio State officials announced a $40.9 million settlement with 162 Strauss accusers. In October 2020, the university has reached $5.8 million in settlements with 23 more men who say they were sexually abused by Strauss.