Judge Shoots Down Grad Who Sued Over Grade
She couldn't prove she didn't deserve that C+
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2013 12:53 PM CST
This will have to be good enough for Megan Thode.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A C+ is just going to have to be good enough for Lehigh University graduate Megan Thode. A judge yesterday rejected Thode's headline-grabbing $1.3 million lawsuit over a C+ she got while still in school, the Lehigh Valley Morning Call reports. The judge said that Thode had failed to prove that anything beyond a "purely academic evaluation" had gone into the grade. Thode had claimed the grade unfairly kept her from becoming a licensed professional counselor.

A Lehigh dean said the verdict affirmed that "academic rigor should not be compromised," but added, "We feel very badly for Megan Thode. … We remain open to conversations with her about her readmission into that program." Thode's lawyer said he doubted she would appeal, adding that she'd always been more optimistic than he. One other interesting detail: Thode is the daughter of a Lehigh finance professor, who appeared alongside her at meetings over the internal grievance she filed with the school before suing.

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Feb 17, 2013 1:05 PM CST
Screw you sued happy people. Look what lawyers have done to this country.
Feb 17, 2013 1:04 PM CST
As if a free education from a college is enough, some of you think she deserves a better grade. We do not know the full story behind this but to sue for a grade is ridiculous. Apparently she was kissing her dad's butt and not the professor. She failed and is not entitled to anything. Daddy's little girl has got to grow up and realize you have to work hard to accomplish your goals.
Feb 16, 2013 8:30 AM CST
Having been through nine years of college (psychology, social work, and ministry) I learned that professors each have their own unique expectations - that are sometimes not articulated to their students. I recommend that students ask their professors if they can submit a draft of their papers for feedback before they turn in their actual paper for a grade. I found that more than half my professors would do this, and it was very helpful in knowing their expectations in advance. I actually got an excellent grade from one of the toughest professors on campus by getting comments in advance. In this case, we can't judge whether the grade was unjust as we don't know the circumstances. I do hope that the lawsuit was a last resort after exhausting the appeals procedures at the university and not a knee jerk reaction.