The program, which came to light from a notice of intent filed on Monday at a U.S. District Court, would be available to the plaintiffs in five active lawsuits. The payouts would be up to an average of $252,000 per plaintiff, which is the average of the previous 185 settlements, totaling nearly $47 million, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Details of the program have not been finalized, but it will run for a four-month period. The program will be independently administered by Matt Garretson, who oversaw the previous settlements.
“Ohio State continues its effort 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,” Michael Carpenter, a lawyer representing Ohio State, said in the court filing.
Strauss is accused of sexually abusing at least 177 students between 1979 and 1998, investigators hired by the university in 2019 said. The investigators, from the law firm Perkins Coie, also said university officials repeatedly failed to act over the years.
The number of victims could be higher, as at least 360 plaintiffs filed 23 lawsuits against the university regarding Strauss’s alleged abuse.
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