Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Psychology

First Committee Member

Gerald C. Kops

Number of Pages



This dissertation examines the jurisprudence of student procedural due process rights. Review of the literature available prior to the recognition of student due process rights by the Supreme Court in Goss v. Lopez (1975) was performed and subsequently led to questions directly related to the emergence of due process protections. A detailed analysis of Goss v. Lopez (1975) identified student due process standards. Following the decision, courts cited the precedent on nearly two thousand five hundred occasions. Review of these citations yielded eighty-six cases relevant to analysis of implementation and application of the Goss precedent. Finally, the patterns of interruption and application and unanswered questions were identified; Since 1975 Federal Courts have been called upon to interpret and apply the Goss precedent. This study investigates the implementation and application of Goss by Federal Courts. This study targeted student due process. In reviewing case law dealing with the administration of the Fourteenth Amendment, the study determined how the various federal courts have interpreted and applied the Goss landmark over the past three decades. This study also reviewed Nevada Revises Statues and Clark County School District Policy and Regulations to determine their consistency with Goss v. Lopez. Special attention to cases in which school administrators were questioned with regard to the application of due process during student discipline procedures was presented. Finally, the study sought to identify patterns in the courts' rulings that provide guidance for today's school administrators faced with student discipline issues.*; *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation).


Analysis; Application; Due; Due Process; Goss; Goss V. Lopez; Implementation; Lopez; Procedural; Procedural Due Process; Process; Required; Student Rights

Controlled Subject

School management and organization; Law

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3328 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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