Tayyari v. New Mexico State University

495 F. Supp. 1365 (1980)

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Tayyari v. New Mexico State University

United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
495 F. Supp. 1365 (1980)

Facts

In 1980, during the Iran hostage crisis, New Mexico State University (NMSU) (defendant) passed a motion providing that any student whose home government held or permitted the holding of United States citizens as hostages would be denied admission or readmission for the upcoming semester unless the hostages were released. A group of Iranian students at NMSU (the Iranian students) (plaintiffs) challenged the action on the ground that it violated both the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. At a hearing, NMSU offered several financial justifications, including that the motion was needed to ensure that Iranian students paid full tuition. Minutes from a meeting conducted by the NMSU board of regents reflected a discussion acknowledging that taxpayers were angry about the hostage crisis and did not want Iranian students reaping tax benefits. The trial court granted a preliminary injunction pending a final decision on the merits.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Campos, J.)

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