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Goss v. Lopez

Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The Majority's Argument, The Dissent, Further Readings


Norval Goss, et al.


Eileen Lopez, et al.

Appellant's Claim

That the suspension of a public school student without a hearing does not violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Thomas A. Bustin

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Peter D. Roos

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 January 1975


The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment is violated when a student is suspended without notice and hearing.

Related Cases

  • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254 (1970).
  • Connell v. Higgenbotham, 403 U.S. 207 (1971).
  • Arnett v. Kennedy, 416 U.S. 134 (1974).
  • Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).

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