Student Discipline - In the Courts!

Goss v. Lopez, 1975

Several high school students were suspended from school for 10 days after having participated in demonstrations in the school district. The students challenged their suspensions saying they were denied their due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment because they were not offered a hearing before their suspensions. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the students, stating that schools are required to give a student the opportunity for a legal hearing before they can suspend the student, unless the student is presenting a continuing threat to the school environment.