in loco parentis

in lo·​co pa·​ren·​tis | \ in-ˈlō-kō-pə-ˈren-təs How to pronounce in loco parentis (audio) \

Definition of in loco parentis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the place of a parent school officials acting in loco parentis

in loco parentis


Definition of in loco parentis (Entry 2 of 2)

: regulation or supervision by an administrative body (as at a university) acting in loco parentis

Examples of in loco parentis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun IHEs act in loco parentis and thus have a duty to care for the safety and security of students on campus. Lawrence O. Gostin, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2021 Schools are indeed in loco parentis while the students are in their care. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 In the late 1950s, there was no war to protest against, but there was a policy called in loco parentis, which put school administrators in charge of moral probity. Steven Levy, Wired, 5 Jan. 2021 The problem with this happening is that so much of government is now in loco parentis. Zachary Evans, National Review, 23 Apr. 2020 This column isn’t old enough to remember when university faculty were thought to be conscientious adults in loco parentis. James Freeman, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2018 Acting in loco parentis and under orders from the federal government, administrators form de facto star chambers that act as judge, jury and executioner, without adhering to legal rules of evidence or due process. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, 26 May 2016 The case significantly weakened the principle of in loco parentis, the legal idea that the school serves in place of the parent while a student is in attendance, and can thus absorb some of a child’s personal rights. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 23 Feb. 2018 Their grievances ran the gamut from the universities’ in loco parentis positions (in the U.K.) to student unionization (in Holland). Lily Rothman, Time, 18 Dec. 2017 See More

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1818, in the meaning defined above


1968, in the meaning defined above

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“In loco parentis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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in loco parentis

in lo·​co pa·​ren·​tis | \ in-ˈlō-kō-pə-ˈren-tis How to pronounce in loco parentis (audio) \

Legal Definition of in loco parentis

: in the place of a parent either parent of a minor, guardian, or a person standing in loco parentis to the minorCode of Alabama

Note: In order for a person to be considered in loco parentis, he or she must have intentionally assumed the rights and duties of a parent.

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