Graduate student Pennsylvania university for $1.3 million over C+ grade

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Bethlehem, PA, United States (4E) – A 27-year-old graduate of the Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has filed a $1.3 million lawsuit for a C+ grade she received in 2009 which prevented her from pursuing a career as a professional counselor and a judge has declined to dismiss the case Wednesday.

According to reports, Megan Thode was in her graduate program’s second year, pursuing an advanced degree in counseling and human services, when she got the grade and alleged the grade was a breach of contract and an example of sexual discrimination.

The Easton Express-Times reported that Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano refused the request of the university to dismiss the case accusing one of its teacher of rigging a student’s grade because there was enough evidence to proceed.

Thode’s lawyers allege that her teacher and a school administrator conspired to hold her back and the teacher retaliated because the student supports gay and lesbian rights but the teacher disputed the claim in a testimony, revealed The Morning Call.

Giordano also expressed concern about ordering Lehigh to change Thode’s grade from C+ she received in the fall semester to a B.

It was also reported that Lehigh University attorney Neil Hamburg has asked Giordano for a summary judgment, citing the trial has no grounds to proceed.

A bench trial about the case started this week.

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