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At issue in Perry v. Sindermann (1972) was whether the Fourteenth Amendment required college officials to provide procedural due process when they choose not to renew the contract of a faculty member who lacked tenure. In Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that faculty members who lack tenure and whose contracts are not renewed may have a right to procedural due process if they can establish that they had property interests in continued employment. In light of the significant questions that Perry raises for nontenured faculty members whose employment contracts are not renewed, this entry examines the case in detail.

Facts of the Case

Robert Sindermann was employed as a nontenured faculty member in the Texas state college system from 1959 to 1969. During the last four ...

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