A college that refused to allow a graduate student in education to register for classes after he wrote a paper advocating corporal punishment must allow the student to re-enroll, an Appellate Division, 4th Department, panel has ruled.

“‘[W]hen a university had adopted a rule or guideline establishing the procedure to be followed in relation to suspension or expulsion, that procedure must be substantially observed’ … and where, as here, that procedure was not substantially observed the petition should be granted,” the unanimous panel held in its per curiam decision, McConnell v. Le Moyne College, 05-02441.