Judge rejects Lehigh U student's grade lawsuit

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Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:42 PM

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 (http://bit.ly/VXlYj2) 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.


Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com