Washington Law Review


The Board of Regents of the University of Washington required that each student submit to a chest X-Ray examination for the purpose of disclosing tubercular infection. P, a Christian Scientist, sought to register for her senior year, and when she refused to submit to the examination she was denied admission. She then petitioned to the Regents for an exemption on the ground that to submit would violate her religious convictions. The petition was denied, and P now seeks a writ of mandamus to compel the Regents to admit her without requiring the X-Ray examination, contending, inter alia, that the requirement was an unjustified abridgement of her religious liberty as guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions. The trial court denied the writ. Held: Affirmed. To admit P (and others claiming a similar exemption) to the University without taking the required X-Ray examination presents a clear and present danger of an evil which the state may lawfully prevent, and justifies the restrictions on her religious freedom. State ex rel. Holcomb v. Armstrong, 139 Wash. Dec. 795, 239 P. 2d 545 (1952).

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