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This article is the text of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures, delivered by Professor Wright at the Vanderbilt University School of Law in April, 1969. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., left a large part of his estate to the United States at his death in 1935. By Act of Congress in 1955, the disposition of the property was entrusted to a Permanent Committee, which, among other projects, sponsors the, annual Hohnes Lectures by a distinguished legal scholar.

Professor Wright has brought to this topic both profound constitutional scholarship and wide experience in dealing with related problems at his university. His thesis is that the Constitution is and should be applicable to the college campus. Subject to reasonable and nondiscriminatory regulations, the first amendment applies with full vigor to student expression. The student is protected by the due process clause in disciplinary proceedings, but the courts will recognize as being within due process any institutional procedure which is fair and reasonable and which reliably determines the issues. Professor Wright concludes with a discussion of what these developments mean to the modern university.