Lehigh student sues U for low grade

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Lehigh student sues U for low grade
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Wed, 02-13-2013 - 4:58pm

A former Lehigh University graduate student, whose father is a professor there, is suing the university for $1.3 million after not getting a B in a fieldwork course.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-university-student-sues-over-g...

"The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing, said her lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, whose lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages."

Times they are a changing! When I got a low grade I would go whine to the prof then feel better only getting after being given an opportunity to present my side.
How do you feel about class participation grades?

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Sat, 02-16-2013 - 7:36pm

I'm not quite sure what to make of this.  I think there is more to this than both sides or the article is telling.   Graduate departments can be somewhat biased and political from what I hear, so it is possible that she may have some truth in her story.  But also it seems like she may have been expecting at least a B, just because she's been there for a while and because of her dad.  I don't know, but I think there's more to this.

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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 3:49pm
I'd be terrified to.
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Thu, 02-14-2013 - 3:17pm
Hi Sue, Amazing; isn't it?Would you hire this woman after all this drama to get the grade?
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Wed, 02-13-2013 - 6:36pm

All I can say is wow.  I cannot fathom this scenario.  In my case I was in a class with the head of the physics dept and he would grill us each session vs. giving homework or quizzes so you always had to be ready. Then when it came to the final we walked in and he said, 'it'll be one hour, and you'll get an A or an F'.  I freaked out and couldn't derive what he needed - but the entire term I had been prepared to answer everything and did so correctly. He said because of that he'd give me a D.  Who do you appeal to?!  I didn't have the nerve.  I knew the material like the back of my hand but it sure doesn't look like it on paper.  I never thought to get my parents involved, much less go for a lawsuit!  And what happened about kids taking things over and then getting the average between the two grades - is this no longer an option if it was that dire to have a better grade? Wow.

Sue