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Chipman v. Grant County School District

30 F. Supp. 2d 975 (1998)

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Chipman v. Grant County School District

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

30 F. Supp. 2d 975 (1998)

Facts

Two female students (plaintiffs) were not offered membership in their public high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) in their junior years like all other students with grade-point averages above 3.5. The excluded students filed an action in district court against the Grant County School District (school district) (defendant) to challenge these decisions on the basis that the NHS selection committee considered the female students’ visible pregnancies due to premarital sex when voting not to offer the students membership, in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The NHS selection-committee members testified before the district court that the decision to deny admission to the female students was based on their engagement in nonmarital sexual relations contrary to the group’s character requirements, rather than based on prohibited discrimination due to pregnancy. The selection-committee members explained that other students who engaged in premarital sex would have been excluded if such behavior had come to the attention of school authorities. The students filed a motion for a preliminary injunction ordering the school district to admit them to their high school’s NHS chapter.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bertelsman, J.)

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