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Goss v. Lopez

United States Supreme Court
419 U.S. 565 (1975)


Facts

Under a State of Ohio education statute, a public school principal may suspend a student for misconduct for up to ten days without a hearing if he notifies the student’s parents within twenty-four hours and gives reasons for his action. Lopez and eight other high school students in Ohio (plaintiffs) were suspended under the statute without a hearing. They brought suit in district court against Goss, an administrator in the Columbus, Ohio Public School System (CPSS) (defendant) on the grounds that their suspension without a hearing violated their procedural due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court granted Lopez’s relief, and CPSS appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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