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Keyishian v. Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York

Significance, Supreme Court Upholds Principle Of Academic Freedom


Harry Keyishian


Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York

Appellant's Claim

That various New York state statutes and administrative regulations disqualifying teachers who are deemed subversive or who have belonged to subversive organizations are unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Richard Lipsitz

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Ruth V. Iles, Assistant Attorney General of New York, and John C. Crary, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr. (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

23 January 1967


The Supreme Court struck the New York rules down, citing their vagueness.

Related Cases

  • DeJonge v. Oregon, 299 U.S. 353 (1937).
  • Herndon v. Lowry, 301 U.S. 242 (1937).
  • Adler v. Board of Education, 342 U.S. 485 (1952).
  • Yates v. United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957).
  • Scales v. United States, 367 U.S. 203 (1961).

Further Readings

  • Bosmajian, Haig, ed. Academic Freedom. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman, 1989.
  • Diamond, Sigmund. Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities With the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Dickman, Howard, ed. The Imperiled Academy. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1993.

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