(ONN) – A committee of Ohio State University trustees has voted to revoke the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there.

The full board of trustees may also vote on canceling the mark of distinguished service for Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.

It would be a symbolic rebuke, removing only an honorary label, but Provost Bruce McPheron says it would correct the record on Strauss.

McPheron says Ohio State has never before stripped someone of emeritus status.

A law firm investigating allegations recently concluded the doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students between 1979 and 1997.

About 40 former Ohio State athletes, including more than 20 football players, have filed a new lawsuit accusing the university of ignoring concerns that were raised about Strauss.