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Grad student sues, says C+ grade cost her $1.3M

A judge in Pennsylvania declined to dismiss the suit against Lehigh University and a professor, ruling that there was enough evidence for the suit to proceed.

The Associated Press

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EASTON, Pa. — Graduate student Megan Thode wasn’t happy about the C-plus she got for one class, saying the 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.

She is suing her professor and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, claiming monetary damages and seeking a grade change.

A judge is hearing testimony in the case this week in Northampton County Court. Lehigh and the professor contend her lawsuit is without merit. Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano declined to dismiss the suit Wednesday, ruling that there was enough evidence for the suit to proceed, according to The (Easton) Express-Times.

Thode took the class in fall 2009. Her instructor, Amanda Eckhardt, testified that Thode failed to behave professionally and thus earned zero out of 25 points in class participation, bumping her down a full letter grade. “I ... believed she received the grade she earned,” she said.

The C-plus prevented Thode, an otherwise A student, from going on to the next class and advancing in her professional therapist studies, the newspaper reported. She wound up getting a master’s degree in human development instead.

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