Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan
From its inception, the Petitioner, the Mississippi University for Women (Petitioner), has limited its enrollment to only women. The Petitioner includes a School of Nursing, which maintains its own admission policy. The Respondent is a registered nurse who was denied admission to the Petitioner’s School of Nursing on the basis of gender. The Respondent sought to have the School of Nursing admission policy declared unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. However, the District Court denied preliminary injunctive relief for the Respondent. The Court of Appeals reversed the District Court ruling that “because the admissions policy discriminates on the basis of gender, the District Court improperly used a ‘rational relationship’ test to judge the constitutionality of the policy . . . . ” The judgment of the Court of Appeals was affirmed.
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