ERIC Number: ED191393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
A Legal Perspective of the Parietal Rule.
Keller, Barbara Y.
The legal issues involved in requiring students to live on campus, the parietal rule, are examined. It is suggested that the reason for establishing student housing and the rationale justifying the establishment of residence halls are important aspects of the question. Court cases are cited from 1899 that upheld the college's right to exemption from property taxation, the right of the college to require students to live in residence halls or dormitories, and the college's authority to issue and sell bonds to obtain funds for construction of student dormitories. The legal action taken by students themselves presents the most significant and difficult challenges for college and university officials. When implementing a policy that is to apply equally to all students, the administrator must be prepared to deal consistently with exceptions. The evidence of educational purpose is critical in order to legitimize the parietal regulation at a college or university. A 1969 case ruling against the university concerned whether the college may require a certain group of students to live on campus not for the students' welfare but simply to increase revenue for housing. The court ruled that support of the housing was an essentially monetary obligation that should fall equally on all students. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
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