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Pa. student sues, says C- grade cost her $1.3M

Published: Wed, February 13, 2013 @ 5:38 p.m.

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Talk about grade inflation.

Graduate student Megan Thode wasn't happy about the C-plus she received for one class, saying the mediocre 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.

Now Thode 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 Giordana declined to dismiss the suit today, ruling that there was enough evidence for the suit to proceed, according to The Express-Times of Easton.

Thode took the class in fall 2009. Her instructor, Amanda Eckhardt, testified this week that she stood by the grade, saying 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," Eckhardt 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.

Her attorney, Richard Orloski, argued that Eckhardt targeted Thode because she is an outspoken advocate for gay marriage.


1excel(638 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

You go Megan and I'm sure many will follow in your footsteps. The world needs to be taught a lesson because it doesn't conform to your standards.

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2IslandMike(758 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

She was knocked down from an A to a C plus, NOT because she didn't make an A on her exams, NOT because she was disruptive in class, but because she sat back and listened and didn't speak out. Oh yeah, she DID apparantly speak out on her political beliefs when it came to gay marriage and for that she was punished and given a lower grade. I hope she gets an additional $20 million in damages.

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3redeye1(5159 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

IslandMike I never ever thought I would agree you , but this time I do. It's time someone shows these so called professors that they aren't gods.

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4paulydel(1474 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This is a frivalise lawsuit.

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5Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

When you are getting a masters I'm guessing it wasn't speaking out it was probably the way lil miss perfect spoke because her daddy is a professor there

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(537 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This sounds like a few YSU professors.

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