Judge rejects Lehigh U student's grade lawsuit

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Posted: Feb 14, 2013 3:50 PM
Source: Associated Press

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EASTON, Pa. - A judge in Pennsylvania ruled against a former graduate student who sued to have a grade changed, and $1.3 million in damages.

The Express-Times of Easton reports that Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano made the ruling Thursday in the lawsuit filed by Megan Thode against Lehigh University.

Thode was seeking damages over a C-plus grade in a 2009 therapist internship course. She alleged the grade was retaliation because she supports gay marriage. She said the grade was preventing her from becoming a licensed therapist. An expert estimated Thode would suffer $1.3 million in damages in lost earnings.

Lehigh University argued that professors, not judges, possess the expertise required to make academic decisions. And the teacher testified she stood by the grade.

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