Waliga v. Board of Trustees of Kent State University

488 N.E.2d 850 (1986)

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Waliga v. Board of Trustees of Kent State University

Ohio Supreme Court
488 N.E.2d 850 (1986)

Facts

George Waliga and Kent Taylor (the Kent State alums) (plaintiffs) received bachelor of arts degrees from Kent State University (Kent State) (defendants). Kent State considered revoking the Kent State alums’ degrees more than 10 years later after determining that, based on discrepancies in their official academic records, they did not meet all of the substantive degree requirements. Prior to making a decision, Kent State informed the Kent State alums that it would hold a hearing, at which they could present evidence but not be represented by counsel. Following the hearing, which the Kent State alums did not attend, the committee recommended that their degrees be revoked. Before Kent State made a decision, the Kent State alums filed a request for a temporary injunction, arguing that Kent State did not have the authority to revoke degrees more than 10 years after awarding them. The matter proceeded to a hearing for declaratory judgment, and a trial court held that Kent State did not have the authority to revoke degrees after issuing them. A court of appeals affirmed. Kent State appealed, arguing that it had the authority to revoke degrees for cause if due process was afforded to the degree holders.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wise, J.)

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