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Court Reviewer Says OSU Improperly Withheld Documents In The Richard Strauss Case

Sep 23, 2020

Steve Snyder-Hill
Credit Associated Press
A court reviewer says Ohio State University violated state public records law by intentionally withholding old documents from one of the men alleging decades-old sexual misconduct by the late team doctor Richard Strauss. 

Alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill requested records in 2018 related to his complaint about being abused by Strauss in the mid-1990s. OSU said it would respond as quickly as possible but withheld the records for months, until the release of a law firm investigation confirming years of abuse by Strauss. The university says it was concerned that sharing information piecemeal would “create a chilling effect” and compromise the investigation.