Representative Matter

Private liberal arts college in North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that a liberal arts college whose primary purpose is secular education could maintain a campus police force under the state's Campus Police Act without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause. The case arose from a drunk-driving arrest made by a campus police officer, acting within authority granted by the state under the Campus Police Act. The defendant appealed her conviction, claiming that the College’s ongoing denominational affiliations created an "excessive entanglement" between religious and secular authority in violation of the Establishment Clause. McGuireWoods represented the College as an amicus curiae in the North Carolina Supreme Court, which upheld the conviction, holding that the delegation of police power to the College under the North Carolina Campus Police Act did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.