Essay on Analysis Of Goss V. Lopez, 419 Theu.s. 565 ( 1975 )

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In Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975), nine students were given 10-day suspensions from school without an opportunity for any hearings. The students then decided to challenge the principals’ actions, and the court found that the student’s rights had been violated. The court decided that students facing temporary suspension from a school have property and liberty interest that qualify for protection under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This case is similar to the case at hand because it involves the assessment of student’s rights to due process during the expulsion process. With the Goss decision in mind, it can be concluded that the expelled Howard students also have constitutional rights that protect their right to due process. Therefore, the president’s action of expelling the students without following the appropriate process as listed in the Howard University Student Handbook, which include a hearing and proper notice, violated their rights to due process.

In Dixon V. Alabama State Board of Education, 294 F. 2d. 150 (1961), six African-American students of Alabama State College were expelled for misconduct after participating in demonstrations that were explicitly warned against by the college’s president without proper notice and an opportunity for a hearing. The court decided that due process requires notice that contains a statement of the specific charges and grounds, which would justify the expulsion according to the Board of Education, as well…

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