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The relegation ( Latin relegatio "reference", "exclusion") was originally the mildest form of banishment in the Roman Empire ( relegatio ) and later referred to the exclusion from a higher educational institution such as a university or a grammar school .


Relegation used to be the strictest disciplinary measure of a university in the context of its academic disciplinary authority against its students or lecturers . It could either be pronounced for a specific time or forever ( relegatio in perpetuum ). There was also the relegation for dishonor ( relegatio cum infamia ), which was intended for students who were guilty of dishonorable acts. For the students, relegation meant exclusion from university studies . Lecturers or professors could also be relegated. They no longer exist in modern German higher education law , but compulsory de-registration is comparable . Important personalities such as B. Heinrich Heine or Milan Machovec were affected. Even Theodor Lessing was threatened with relegation several times because he rebelled against the authoritarian structures of the school system.


  • Wigand's Conversations Lexicon. Eleventh volume. Leipzig 1850, p. 522.

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