Hegel v. Langsam

Court of Common Pleas of Ohio, 1971.

29 Ohio Misc. 147, 55 Ohio Ops.2d 476, 273 N.E.2d 351.

Prosser, pp. 412-413


Facts: A minor enrolled at a university got in trouble with drugs and stuff.  The parents sued the university for failing to keep her out of trouble.


Issue: Does a university have a duty to keep its students out of trouble?


Rule: A university must maintain law and order on campus, and no one may contribute to the delinquency of a child.


Analysis: The court says that a university is not day care, and students are responsible for themselves.


Conclusion: The court grants the university’s motion for judgment on the pleadings.


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