Graduate student Megan Thode wasn't happy about the C-plus she received for one class, saying the mediocre grade kept her from getting her desired degree and becoming a licensed therapist -- and, as a result, cost her $1.3 million in lost earnings.
Now Thode is suing her professor and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, claiming monetary damages and seeking a grade change.
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Barring professional malpractice (such as willfully being out to get a student), I would think that the judge would give the professor a lot of leeway to determine the class-participation grade, and I wonder what the student's classroom behavior was like if there's a paper trail concerning the student's behavior in class. It doesn't matter whether or not you show up every day if you disrupt everyday--and it sounds like the student's behavior was a problem.
At the same time, if the teacher isn't clear about grading expectations, the student may have a case if the grade seems arbitrary or the professor seems to be out to get the student. I assume that standard grievance procedures were followed at Lehigh. I have to admit--it does sound like the participation grade was specifically chosen to give the student a C+ -- just enough to be removed from the grad program.