At its meeting on Friday, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees took action on several items, including the revocation of Richard Strauss’ emeritus status and moving on several large construction projects.

Also OK’d was a new degree program for regional campuses including Mansfield.

According to OSU, the action involving Strauss was “…to revoke the professor emeritus title bestowed on Dr. Richard Strauss, who sexually abused at least 177 former students during his time at Ohio State from 1978 through 1998.

An independent investigation conducted by the law firm Perkins Coie concluded that university personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully.”

Among approved construction projects include the Cannon Drive relocation project, a $12 million medical facility in Dublin, the creation of a $161 million arts district between 15th and 18th avenues, a $32 million sciences building at OSU Newark, and several others.

The board approved establishment of a bachelor of science in engineering technology degree program for the Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses. The program will begin in autumn 2020, with the initial focus on manufacturing engineering technology and initially at the Lima, Marion and Mansfield campuses, with the Newark campus added later.

The board also approved establishment of a master of engineering management program, a post-baccalaureate professional degree aimed at practicing engineers. Content for the degree will be delivered using distance education technology by faculty in the College of Engineering, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Fisher College of Business.

Source: The Ohio State University


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