The Student as University Resident

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 1968


This examination argues that the position that a student’s rights are determined by whether he lives on or off-campus is unraveled by the institution’s position as a state actor. This article disposes of the notion that the university is equivalent to a landlord in property and contract rights and discusses how this distinction affects students’ rights.

Keywords: university, student, state actor, state-action requirement

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., The Student as University Resident (1968). Denver University Law Review, Vol. 45, p. 582, 1968, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-134, Available at SSRN:

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