Various athletes reported unnecessary genital exams and some students said they believed Dr Strauss’ actions were an “open secret” on campus.
“We are so sorry that this happened,” Ohio State President Michael Drake said at a news conference, noting that there was a “consistent institutional failure” at the university.
But he also sought to distance Ohio State from the events of more than two decades ago.
“This is not the university of today”, he added.
‘Dreams were broken’
A number of former students are suing for unspecified damages and have called on the university to take responsibility for the harm they say was inflicted by the doctor.
“Dreams were broken, relationships with loved ones were damaged, and the harm now carries over to our children, as many of us have become so overprotective that it strains the relationship with our kids,” Kent Kilgore, a former Ohio state swimmer, said in a statement.
Dr Strauss retired in 1998 and took his own life in 2005.