Judge rejects Lehigh U student's grade lawsuit

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- A judge in eastern Pennsylvania has ruled against a former Lehigh University graduate student who sued to have a grade of C-plus changed to a B and was seeking $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.

Thode was seeking damages over the 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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