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Goss v. Lopez
United States Supreme Court
419 U.S. 565 (1975)
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.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Dissent (Powell, J.)
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