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Keyishian v. Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York

Keyishian v. Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (1967) arose at a time when it was common for public employers to require their employees, including educators, to subscribe to loyalty oaths. These oaths, which included possible criminal sanctions, were often more concerned with what educators should not have done, such as avoiding membership in specified organizations, rather than what activities they should have pursued.

The U.S. Supreme Court considered two major issues in Keyishian. The first issue was whether Regents of the State University of New York (SUNY) could require faculty and staff members to sign a loyalty oath as a condition of employment. This question arose because Section 3022 of New York State's Education Law known as the Feinberg ...

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