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Some of the men alleging decades-old sexual abuse by the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss are asking the NCAA and Big Ten conference to investigate the school and force changes to protect student-athletes in the future:

Ohio State University says it will pay $5.8 million to settle lawsuits by about two dozen more survivors over decades-old sexual abuse by the late team doctor Richard Strauss. 

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Ohio State University has declined comment on a new lawsuit over the way it handled sexual abuse allegations against former team doctor Richard Strauss. 

A bill introduced in the House Tuesday aims to block Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from implementing changes she's seeking in Title IX rules.

Ohio State University records show the number of rapes reported on campus have increased since 2015. 

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An audit has found an Ohio State University center intended to support sexual assault survivors failed to report 57 potential felonies to law enforcement as legally required during the three years it was open.  

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Ohio State University has appointed a new head of the office that oversees responses to sexual harassment and other reports of discrimination.  

No one ever shows up at brunch and says, "Oh my gosh, I was so sober last night!"

Risky behavior draws attention. As a result, people tend to assume that everyone else is doing it more than they really are.

But, over the last two decades, research on college campuses has shown that giving students the real facts about their peers reduces unsafe drinking. This approach is called positive social norms. It works because of a basic truth of human nature: People want to do what others are doing.

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Ohio University and Athens  police are now investigating six reported sexual assaults in the last two weeks. 

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Ohio State University is shutting down its three-year-old Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit after finding it failed to properly document and report student sexual assault complaints. 

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A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a male student who says he was unfairly disciplined by Miami University's sexual-assault policy. 

Jessica Ladd was sexually assaulted while at Pomona College, just as one in five college women are. She says she found the reporting process, "more traumatic than the assault" itself. She felt "like I didn't have control. A lack of agency. I wasn't believed, and ended up regretting reporting."

New federal guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault are prompting a range of reactions from school administrators. While many are expressing concerns and vowing to maintain current policy, others are breathing a sigh of relief or scratching their heads in confusion.

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An Ohio State University campus climate survey shows 20 percent of female students were victims of groping or non-consensual sex last year, down from 25 percent in 2015. 

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has agreed the University of Cincinnati should not have suspended a student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student.

The Department of Education will change its approach to campus sexual misconduct and begin a public notice and comment process to issue new regulations, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today. In a speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, DeVos decried "a system run amok," "kangaroo courts" and repeatedly emphasized the plight of the accused. "One rape is one too many ... one person denied due process is one too many," she said. Outside, protesters yelled, "Stop protecting rapists!"

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Ohio Department of Higher Education officials say the percentage of public college students who were trained in sexual assault prevention has increased significantly over the past year.

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The U.S. Department of Education says Wittenberg University in Springfield violated federal law in handling sexual assault complaints, but the school has agreed to make changes.

The U.S. Department of Education is adding Miami University in Oxford to its list of Ohio schools accused of failing to properly address sexual assault cases. 

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A group led by survivors of sexual assault is pressing the University of Cincinnati to provide greater support.

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Ohio University's decision to require all reports of sexual assault at its rape crisis center to be reported to law enforcement is raising concern from advocates who say fear of police involvement could keep people from seeking help.

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Dozens of Ohio State University students are waking up outside President Michael Drake's office this morning after an all-night sit-in.

The state's Department of Higher Education says it will fund 22 projects aimed at preventing sexual violence across college campuses in Ohio.