Constitutional Law Keyed to Feldman
Keyishian v. Board of Regents
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As faculty members of the State University, the Appellants’, Keyishian and others (Appellants), continued employment was conditioned upon the signing of a certificate stating they were not members of the Communist Party. Also, if the faculty member had been a member of the Communist Party, they must communicate that fact to the President of the university. The law required removal for seditious and treasonable utterances and acts. Appellants refused to sign any certificate and failure to do so resulted in dismissal. A lower federal court rejected the Appellants’ constitutional challenges.
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