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

At issue in Knight v. Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (1967, 1968) was a state law mandating that all instructors at public schools and at tax-exempt, private schools, including institutions of higher learning, had to sign a loyalty oath. Unlike other cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated loyalty oaths because they were not sufficiently clear in forbidding individuals from engaging in particular activities, the Supreme Court upheld the oath in Knight, holding that it was not too vague. Knight stands for the proposition that state laws may require faculty members in colleges and universities, as well as in K-12 schools, to sign affirmative loyalty oaths in support of the national and state constitutions in the fulfillment ...

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