Student at Lehigh University Sues School Over a C+
Megan Thode, 27, a former graduate student at Lehigh University, has filed a civil lawsuit against the school because she was issued a C+ in a class in 2009. Her trial began yesterday and may last several days. Briefly, she required a B in order to continue her work toward a master’s degree in counseling and human services, according to The Morning Call newspaper. Her lawyer, Richard Orloski, maintains that the low grade was not deserved, and because of it, she cannot pursue her desired career. Her professor, Amanda Carr, gave her a zero for class participation, which dropped her overall grade significantly. Thode did graduate from Lehigh, but with a different degree. She claims that the different specialty will result in lower pay over the course of her career, an estimated $1.3 million. She also believes that she was treated unfairly because of her support for gay and lesbian issues. Neil Hamburg, an attorney for Lehigh, believes the accusations are unfounded and he told the judge that to get a degree, she “has to get through the program. She has to meet the academic standards.” Also, noteworthy, is the fact that Thode’s father is a professor at Lehigh, and therefore, she attended the school tuition-free, even after filing her lawsuit.
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