The following email was sent to university students, faculty and staff on November 15, 2018.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I write to provide you with the below update on the independent sexual misconduct investigation of former university employee Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.

These deeply disturbing experiences from approximately 150 former students date from 1979 to 1997. On behalf of the university community, I want to reiterate our sincere gratitude to those who have come forward.

Hearing these experiences is vital to the investigation, which is aimed at uncovering the truth, understanding how this happened and working as a community to help prevent any such incidents from occurring at Ohio State.

We continue to encourage anyone with information to contact investigators at We know this takes great courage.

Thank you, and we will continue to provide our university community with updates and information.

Michael V. Drake, MD