Judge Shoots Down Grad Who Sued Over Grade

She couldn't prove she didn't deserve that C+

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2013 12:53 PM CST

(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.

This will have to be good enough for Megan Thode.
This will have to be good enough for Megan Thode.   (Shutterstock)
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