Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Student Summarily Dismissed from Law School for Lying on Application Was Not Denied Due Process

Brown v. University of Kansas, 2015 WL 150271 (1/13/15) (Kan.) (unpub'd) (slip opinion here)- The 10th affirms the granting of summary judgment against a law student who claimed his expulsion from school for lying about his prior criminal record violated due process. In his law school application, Mr. Brown denied being convicted of any non-traffic offense. In fact, he had convictions for battery and a DUI. For some undisclosed reason, after being accepted and starting classes, Mr. Brown amended his application to disclose his prior convictions. The school sent a letter to Mr. Brown seeking a written response to its proposed dismissal from the school for lying on the application. Mr. Brown demanded a hearing. The 10th holds that there was enough due process basically because no purpose would be served by more process since Mr. Brown admitted to lying on the application and that was a proper ground for dismissal.