Student demands $1.3 million from university after receiving C gradeBy Mason White 4:36 AM February 14, 2013
By: Moses Gold
A woman is suing her university after she received a C grade which caused her not to be able to obtain a degree she was looking for, according to court proceedings in Pennsylvania.
The graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has sued the school for $1.3 million because she’s not happy with the C grade she received in 2009.
Megan Thode, 27, said that the grade ruined her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor, a newspaper based in Allentown reported. Her civil suit alleges breach of contract and sex discrimination. She argues that the grade was part of a broader attempt to force her to abandon the graduate degree she was pursuing.
Court proceedings began this week in Northampton County and could last the rest of this week.
Thode was in the final year of a master’s degree in counseling and human services at Lehigh University Education. “I needed a B in the course in question, a kind of field work, to qualify for another round of field work required for the degree,” she said.
Thode’s lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, maintains that she deserved a higher grade. However, her teacher, Amanda Carr, gave her a big fat zero for class participation. That took her down to a failing grade.
Orloski has also claimed that Carr plotted against Thode because she and three other students were critical when they had to look for internships halfway through an additional semester.
The lawsuit also accuses the teacher of the course of treating Thode badly because of her support for gay and lesbian causes, a claim flatly disputed by everyone in the school.