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Board of Regents v. Roth
Citation:408 U.S. 564
The respondent had no tenure rights to continued employment. Under Wisconsin statutory law a state university teacher can acquire tenure as a permanent employee only after four years of year-to-year employment. Having acquired tenure, a teacher is entitled to continued employment during efficiency and good behavior. There are no statutory or administrative standards defining eligibility for re-employment. State law thus clearly leaves the decision whether to rehire a nontenured teacher for another year to the unfettered discretion of university officials. In conformity with these rules, the President of Wisconsin State University informed the respondent that he would not be rehired for the next term. The respondent brought this action alleging that the decision not to rehire him for the next year infringed his Fourteenth Amendment rights.
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