Lehigh Student Sues Over Grade

She claims university unfairly ruined her career path
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 5:10 PM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2013 6:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Here's one extreme way to dispute a bad grade: A graduate student at Pennsylvania's Lehigh University has sued the school because she didn't earn a high enough grade in a key course, reports the Morning Call. Megan Thode got a C+, but she needed a B in order to continue with her course work in counseling and career services. She is suing for breach of contract and sexual discrimination, claiming, among other things, that her teacher didn't like her advocacy of gay rights.

Um, no, says the university—she was just a lousy student. "I think if your honor changed the grade, you'd be the first court in the history of jurisprudence to change an academic grade," a school attorney told the court. Countered Thode's attorney: "I have nothing against you setting national precedent here." Thode is seeking $1.3 million in damages because she says she lost a potential career.

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